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Japanese Maples at Autumn's End

It is not too cold outside, but it looks like it should be. Rain earlier in the week knocked many leaves to the earth, where they lay in sodden, though often colorful layers. The atmosphere forebodes of barren trees and the icy breath of winter, and already a fire blazes in our hearth against the chill.

Japanese maples are in their final flush of autumn splendor, even as leaves are falling to the ground. These trees are fabulous throughout the year, and I am reminded once again why I love them. There is almost too much saturated color, but I drink it in, against the dreariness of the coming season.

I can't imagine my garden without Japanese maples. There are many cultivars with different types of leaves and growth patterns. I am fortunate that my garden can accommodate a nice variety, but if ever I move to a tiny house with a tiny garden, I still will need to have at least one! 


For general information about Japanese maples read Japanese Maples in my Garden, and if you are still hungry for fall photos of Japanese maples you may enjoy last year's post, Brilliant Japanese Maples.

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Reader Comments (18)

Beautiful images of your garden Deb, when spring comes you will appreciate it even more.
Best Wishes

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Japanese maples have a wonderful combination of form, leaf shape, and of course colour. Your second photo has a terrific juxtaposition between the smoothly pruned green balls and the exuberant flaming maple. Your third photo shows just how many leaf colours you can fit into one picture. I keep checking and waiting for the development of some hardier Japanese maples.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorthern Shade

Oh, yes! They are indeed lovely! I don't know if I'll ever have them in my garden, but if I started a garden from scratch I'd include a few Japanese Maples. This is a beautiful post, Deb.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

A final splash of colour in the garden indeed before the dreary months of winter sets in again. Japanese maples, such a gorgeous group of plants indeed!

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

I don't know anything prettier than Japanese Maples!


November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeannine

You have such a lot of beautifully coloured leaves, Acers are such reliable autumn trees for giving superb colour to the garden at a dull time of year, they must all look fantastic together.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Mulligan

What wonderful Acers. So jealous, have one in my garden and feel I might need some more

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

I have, just the one, deep red leaves and only slightly divided (which I prefer to the delicate feathery ones - they remind me of Size 0 women)

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana of Elephant's Eye

I am not a huge fan of Japanese Maples, but those pictures are fantastic.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjason

Drooling! You still have more than I do but I'm working hard to catch up! Most of mine have turned now but Ararakawa and Rhode Island Ted have got a bit more life left in them yet.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chapman

Deborah I have always wanted a garden full of J maples but they just don't like my climate...I have tried to grow so many to no avail. These are just so beautiful and you have captured their incredible beauty here. I would love to see them in person...

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View

I think I could get drunk on the fall colours in your garden!

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercatmint

Beautiful acers and stunning pics, Deb! I like that blue bench. It seems you have some mature specimens in your woodland, how old are they?

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlberto

As always, lovely colour and great images. I'm going to link several of your last posts into my foliage meme on the 22nd if you have no objections. Christina

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

If I had any shade, I'd certainly add some beautiful Japanese maples in my garden. But I'm not sure there is such a thing as over saturated color! There's never enough color for me.

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobinL

Deb, I love your garden! Your trees are gorgeous and Japanese maple are my favorites!

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTatyana

I don't have the first Japanese maple in my garden, which is a real lack since they have such fantastic fall color.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersweetbay

I agree Deb, every garden needs at least one Japanese maple. I have two in my tiny garden.

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise
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