The latest is the new Bihou Japanese maple with tiny yellow-green leaves in summer and yellow-orange fall leaf color.
A small, upright deciduous tree, the real show is the bark during winter, according to the garden center. Its bark on the twigs and branches turns a vivid coral yellow when exposed to sunlight and cooler temperatures.
The Japanese name for this tree means “beautiful mountain range.”
Here are some more easy-grow Japanese maples that are cold hardy in zones 5-8.
Red, upright growth habit: Acer palmatum, with deeply incised leaves, Bloodgood, Burgundy Lace and Fireglow.
Red weeping: Acer palmatum Crimson Queen, Red Dragon and Filigree Lace.
Green, upright growth habit: Acer palmatum Sango kaku, Osakasuki and Shishigashira.
Green weeping: Acer palmatum Waterfall, Viridis and Green Mist.