Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa' (Mikawa yatsubusa Japanese Maple)
Thick stems, closely spaced buds, a naturally layered habit, and tolerance for pruning make this our top Japanese maple bonsai pick. Our plants are budded very low on the root stock to give an unobtrusive graft union. In the garden, it is a true dwarf, so it can be safely planted very close to a walkway or kept for years in a large container until just the perfect spot for it becomes obvious. Exceptional; it belongs in even a modest collection of Japanese maple varieties for its distinctive dwarf and trouble-free character .
Acer palmatum 'Red Dragon' (Red Dragon Japanese Maple)
Unlike most "red" selections that are in fact purple this is more true red. Its color remains vibrant throughout the summer. Smaller than most dissectums, with black bark and a slower growth habit, this maple is a good choice for bonsai or a container.
Acer palmatum 'Tamuke yama' (Tamuke yama Japanese Maple)
Although not as lacy or fast growing as some clones, this laceleaf maple holds its dark purple-red leaf color better than others and is especially vigorous in hot climates. Spring color is crimson and fall color is scarlet.