Asked by: Yisenia Goedert
asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th January, 2020

Do Japanese maples change color?

Fall color is yellow to golden brown. Many Japanese maples splash the garden with color in the spring, when leaves are fresh and almost waxy looking. A few weeks into the season, the colors fade to green or reddish green, then may (or may not) come back in fall.

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Moreover, why do Japanese maples turn from red to green?

When a Japanese maple's foliage should always be red but green leaf color predominates, it's often due to the rootstock taking over the tree's growth.

Beside above, what colors do Japanese maples come in? With a range of foliage colors–red, green, orange, purple, white, and pink depending on the season–Japanese maples are among the most colorful of trees. Some leaf out in brilliant reds in spring, change to green by summer, and finish the fall in yellows and oranges.

One may also ask, why is my Japanese maple not turning red?

Low temperatures above freezing favor production of the red-pigmented anthocyanins. Early frosts degrade the reds. Weather is the primary factor on why your maple tree leaves are not turning red in fall. Japanese Maples stay small in size and are low maintenance trees.

Why has my Acer changed Colour?

Your problem is caused by shade. A maple such as Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is naturally purple but the underlying colour is green. It turns purple in response to sunlight - remove the sun and the foliage reverts to green. So prune it within the next three months and let more light in.

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