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Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream'

Acer palmatum (Palmatum Group) 'Orange Dream'

Also known as

Maple 'Orange Dream'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of the orange leaves of Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'

Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream' Overview

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a bushy deciduous shrub that forms a rounded small tree shape, with many branches. It produces orange-yellow leaves in spring which then develop through to a lime green colour, before turning a stunning yellow-orange in Autumn. It can reach 4m at maturity and it produces red-purple flowers in spring followed by red, winged fruits. Commonly known by the names Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream' and Maple 'Orange Dream', it has bright green bark. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or partial shade. Leaf colour will be more impressive when grown in a slightly shaded area, but it will tolerate full sun if soil conditions are moist enough. Otherwise, leaf scorch may occur. It prefers soil that is on the acid, rather than alkaline side, that is moist but well-drained. So keep well watered during dry spells (and regularly water newly planted trees). Additional plant feed may be required for potted/container grown specimens. Acers can also benefit from spring and/or winter mulching with a helping of ericaceous material such as pine needles or chopped bracken. Little to no pruning is recommended, however removing dead or unwanted branches can be done in late autumn to midwinter. A low-maintenance plant, Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' is a welcome addition to many garden styles, including courtyard gardens, rock gardens and Japanese style gardens. It can be grown in large containers. This lovely cultivar was produced in Italy and has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream'

How to propagate Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream'



Take soft wood cuttings in early summer.

Special features of Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream'

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Pot plant

Other uses of Japanese Maple 'Orange Dream'

This low maintenance small tree is frequently chosen for growing in containers to provide architectural interest in urban courtyards or Japanese style plantings. It is also suitable for rock and woodland gardens providing fantastic foliage interest.