Japanese Maple Tree Lifespan: How Long Do Japanese Maples Live

By Karen Boness, Owner of Wild Willow Landscape Design, ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Permaculture Designer The Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) is known for its small, delicate leaves with pointy lobes that spread outward like fingers on a palm. These leaves turn fabulous shades of orange, red or purple in autumn. There are many interesting Japanese maple tree facts, including how long these trees live. The lifespan of Japanese maple trees mostly depends on care and environmental conditions. Read on to learn more. Japanese Maple Tree Facts In the United States, the Japanese maple is considered to be a small tree, typically growing from 5 to 25’ feet tall. They prefer rich, acidic, well-draining soil. They also like partly-shady settings and regular irrigation water. Drought is moderately tolerated but boggy soil is really bad for these trees. In Japan, these trees can grow to 50’ or more. Japanese maples typically grow


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