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If you want to add bold color in your yard, a Japanese maple tree is a beautiful way to make a statement. These trees come in a variety of sizes and feature stunning leaves in an array of vibrant colors, including red, orange, yellow, and purple. As the days shorten and the weather turns colder, these trees really begin to show off. Their foliage turns positively fiery as autumn begins. Versatile in size and shape, the Japanese maple is a slow-growing, long-lived tree ideal for landscaping.

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1. Japanese Maple Origins

As is clear from the name, Japanese maples originally all came from Japan. They grow wild there in the shade of larger trees in Japanese forests. They are also found wild in China, Korea, Mongolia, and Russia. However, it was in Japan that gardeners began to actively cultivate and breed these trees, eventually creating many new and interesting varieties.

Japanese maple in a garden. HaizhanZheng / Getty Images
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