What Is a Waterfall Japanese Maple?


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Waterfall Japanese maples are deciduous shrubs of the species Acer palmatum. They are native to Japan, Korea and China and are used as garden shrubs all over the world.

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The waterfall cultivar is a variation on maple stock that develops longer leaves than the common Japanese maple. Waterfall trees are also shorter than other maple varieties, usually topping out at around 12 feet tall. A large, drooping canopy of leaves produces a characteristic "weeping" effect. The trees grow well in moist, well-drained soils and thrive in sandy loams. Waterfall Japanese maples have dark green leaves that turn red and yellow in the fall.

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