Maples (Acer) are one of the major collections at the Arboretum with nearly 200 different kinds (taxa). The diversity of our collection includes trees suitable for street tree planting schemes, small trees ideal for home gardens, and even some newly introduced evergreen maples for use in the southern United States. The variety, beauty, and grace found in this genus is what makes them one of the most popular groups for temperate gardens around the world.
Japanese maples (Acer palmatum), noted for their small size and year-round elegance, are the perfect symbol for the Arboretum and represent nearly half of the maple collection. Look around you. One of these four-season beauties can be spotted from any location you stand in the garden.