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Orange Dream Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'

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Orange Dream Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream') at Plumline Nursery

Orange Dream Japanese Maple foliage

Orange Dream Japanese Maple foliage

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Orange Dream Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream') at Plumline Nursery

Orange Dream Japanese Maple

Orange Dream Japanese Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Orange Dream Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream') at Plumline Nursery

Orange Dream Japanese Maple in fall

Orange Dream Japanese Maple in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b


This new introduction features beautiful leaves which emerge orange turning to lime-green for the summer then back to orange in fall for a truly dynamic season of growth; attractive green bark is catchy in winter, upright habit of growth; an ideal accent

Ornamental Features

Orange Dream Japanese Maple has attractive chartreuse foliage edged in orange which emerges orange in spring. The small lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn outstanding shades of orange and gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth green bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Orange Dream Japanese Maple is a dense deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Orange Dream Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Orange Dream Japanese Maple will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Orange Dream Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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