Japanese maples are stunning trees that can bring a riot of color and oriental beauty to your garden. However, like most trees, they come at a price, and one of the first things to know is how much a Japanese maple usually costs.
Japanese maple trees tend to be quite expensive, and many are upward of $100, especially if you want a reasonably well-established tree. Some smaller trees may be around $50 or $60, depending on the variety, but you will have to look hard to find one at a low cost.
In this article, we’ll cover where to buy Japanese maples, how much they cost, and how to select the right one for your garden.
Where Can You Buy Japanese Maple Trees?
These trees are somewhat unusual, so you are unlikely to see them at large retailers. You will probably have to go to:
- A local nursery
- A garden center
- An online stockist
You might occasionally see small ones stocked somewhere locally, but this is rare. However, if you do spot one, this can be among the cheapest ways to buy them.
How Much Will A Japanese Maple Tree Cost?
The price of a Japanese Maple tree is going to be dependent on how large the tree is. Like all trees, they take years to grow, and retailers have to charge according to the amount of time and investment they put into getting the tree established and caring for it. That means that a large tree can cost significantly more than a sapling.
Other things, like the kind of container the tree is in and whether you purchase it online or not will also make a big difference to the price.
However, the kind of tree you buy is probably the second most significant factor in determining how much it costs. You may find the below information helps you to choose a tree:
- An Emperor Japanese maple will be around $85 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Tamukeyama Japanese maple will be around $85 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Sherwood Japanese maple will be around $50 for a tree in a 1 gallon pot
- A Red Japanese maple will be around $25 for a tree in a 1 gallon pot
- A Lion’s Head Japanese maple will be around $80 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Green Cascade Japanese maple will be around $90 for a tree in a 2 gallon pot
- A Crimson Queen Japanese maple will be around $80 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Coral Bark Japanese maple will be around $75 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Bonfire Japanese maple will be around $90 for a tree in a 2 gallon pot
- An Aratama Japanese maple will be around $90 for a tree in a 2 gallon pot
- A Butterfly Japanese maple will be around $75 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Koto No Ito Japanese maple will be around $90 for a 2 or 3 foot tree
- A Viridis Japanese maple will be around $40 for a tree in a 3 gallon pot
- A Purple Ghost Japanese maple will be around $150 for a 3 or 4 foot tree
- An Osakazuki Japanese maple will be around $115 for a 3 or 4 foot tree
As you can see, it’s important to work out what variety of Japanese maple you wish to buy before you start to compare prices, as these can vary so significantly. You need to select your tree with care since they are not cheap.
How Should You Choose A Japanese Maple?
You need to check how suitable the different varieties are for your climate and your specific garden’s conditions. Things to look at include cold tolerance, their ability to cope with sun or shade, and how big the tree will get, compared with the space that you can give it.
You should start by researching the different kinds of trees that you like, and check what temperature ranges they can tolerate. Once you have done this, begin looking more specifically at the space you have and whether the tree will fit into it. Think about how much light the tree will get, and weigh this up against its requirements.
It’s also important to think about leaf color, and what kind of soil you have. Taking the time for this sort of research ensures the tree will thrive in your garden.
A Japanese maple is often over $100, although you can get many varieties for around $85 if you are prepared to buy quite a small tree and allow it to grow in your garden. It is important to do thorough research before purchasing your tree to make sure it will suit your space, and your space will suit it.