There are many trees that boast beautiful autumn foliage and if you make some clever choices your garden can become a firework display of colour. The star of the Autumn garden is undoubtedly the Japanese Maple, or Acer. This show-stoppingly beautiful woody tree is native to Japan, Korea, Mongolia and Southeast Russia. In Japan this tree has been cultivated for centuries and holds an important part in Japanese History, culture and art. Endless priceless artworks feature the leaves of the Acer and many stories and Myths mention this tree that is so quintessentially Japanese in character.
It is these leaves too that make people stop and admire the Autumn Maple or Acer. The incredible autumn foliage is what these trees are planted for and no-one can pass without noticing the explosions of almost neon orange, blood reds and striking yellows of the trees. The leaves are delicate in nature and grow in a way that allows them to layer over each other. Being paper thin, when the sunlight falls over the leaves they appear to almost glow iridescently, the tree showing its true magic.