The Japanese Maple
The beautiful Japanese Maple is known for its special leaf shape and impressive colours. There are several colors available, with the red being by far the most commonly seen. These red variants turn a shade darker red in the fall and are then truly a feast for the eyes! And the great thing about this exotic-looking tree is that it grows native to our climate.
There are many varieties of the Japanese Maple available. There is always one that is suitable for your garden, or even balcony. There are species that you can keep as a shrub, and species that grow up to 10 meters high! The vast majority of varieties will do fine in full sun. In fact, a Japanese Maple needs a lot of sunlight to keep the red colors. If the plant gets too little sun, the colors will fade.
A small caveat is in order here. There are a small number of Japanese Maple species that are not suitable for a position where the sun shines all day. Pay close attention to this when purchasing. These require a location where the sun is not on the leaves in the afternoon. If this does happen, leaf burn may occur. Especially with young trees. If the trees are a bit older, the problem is less.