Acer palmatum ‘Beni maiko’ – A small-leaved form with fiery-red spring new growth (the name means ‘red-haired dancing girl’) that shifts to green by summer (with stalks and veins remaining red on the second season growth). ‘Beni maiko’ is an excellent container specimen with the crown becoming rounded with age. Grows 8-10′ high by 7-9′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Sekka yatsubusa’ – A dense growing but compact upright with bright green foliage that emerges with reddish brown edges. These mature to a deeper green that shifts to yellow in autumn – it is also quite tolerant of full sun exposures. ‘Sekka yatsubusa’ is a good choice for bonsai culture or rock gardens. Grows to 10′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’ – This small upright is part of the Linearilobum Group and features fine, thread-like foliage. The leaves (with 5-7 lobes) emerge reddish to maroon, deepening in colour by late summer. It is an excellent choice for smaller urban gardens and its fine texture contrasts nicely with broadleaf evergreens. Grows 8′ high by 5-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Grandma Ghost’ – One of the Ghost Series of reticulated leaves with spring foliage of green with white or creamy-yellow (occasional pink highlights) between the veins. This shifts to a dramatic intense orange to red in autumn, depending upon exposure. Requires some afternoon shade to avoid scorch. Grows 8′ high by 4′ wide in 10 years. Zone 5.
Acer palmatum ‘Bonfire’ – A dense-growing, compact upright form with short-lived bright reddish-pink spring new growth that quickly shifts to bronze (shown in photo) and then green by summer. This display is followed by reddish-orange to pure red autumn hues. The short internodes make it ideal for bonsai culture. Grows 8-10′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.