Acer palmatum Orange Dream was introduced in the 1980s by a nursery in Milan Italy. Spring growth displays colorful lemon-yellow leaves edged in orange.  Late summer the leaves are more of a yellow-green turning to yellow gold, orange and crimson in the fall. This maple provides 6 months of outstanding color from April through October – if you have room for only one maple, with the right sun conditions, this one should be a contender.

Orange Dream is a moderate growing maple that may reach 15′ tall and 8′ wide 10 years.  The light yellow-green and orange coloration requires some shade from the hot afternoon sun to prevent burning the leaves.  Another collector’s choice for maple enthusiasts. Once established hardy to -10 degrees – USDA zone 6.

When I started growing Japanese Maples 30+ years ago I visualized various cultivars planted in and around the large Douglas Fir trees and even larger native Oak trees that live on our 13 acres. I try and find the best location for each maple to enhance ‘Mother Nature’ and the splendid property we call home. This Orange Dream is happy where it now lives.

 The first photo was taken during the summer to showcase an Orange Dream maple as part of my display garden. The next photo is the same maple with fall color – like a painting! The third photo shows the beginning of fall color on a 2 gallon in my inventory. The last photo shows the beautiful early spring color courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.