Acer palmatum Orange Dream was introduced in the 1980s by a nursery in Milan Italy. Spring growth displays colorful yellow-gold leaves edged in orange. Late summer the leaves are more yellow turning to yellow gold, orange and crimson in the fall. The light yellow and gold coloration requires some shade from the hot afternoon sun to prevent burning the leaves. This maple provides 6 months of outstanding color from April through November – if you have room for only one maple, with the right sun conditions, this one should be a contender. For more information see Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples.
Acer palmatum Orange Dream is a moderate growing maple that may reach 10′ tall and 8′ wide 10 years. As with all Japanese Maples pruning is important in establishing the overall structure and look of your maples. For more information please see Pruning Japanese Maples. 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 Gary oak trees that live on our 13 acres. I consider the percentage of sun and shade during the summer months to find the best location for each maple to enhance ‘Mother Nature’ and this splendid property we call home. This Orange Dream is happy where it now lives under the oaks at the top of a slope that drops down to the east fork of the Lewis river.
If you love Japanese Maples as much as I do, you can learn more about these amazing trees by joining the Facebook Group – Japanese Maples and Conifers.It is free to join – you just have to be a Facebook member. The contributors to the group have a wealth of experience and post many photos. No question is dumb – you will not be criticized for lack of knowledge, rather you will get a variety of opinions from all over the country and beyond. This is what I value the most – learning about variations of growth, leaf size and color in different sections of the USA and around the world. I often participate in the discussions.
The first photo was taken during the summer to showcase an Orange Dream maple as part of my display garden. The next photo shows the leaves beginning the change to fall color. The third photo shows again my display garden Orange Dream with fall color – like a painting. The last photo shows the beautiful early spring color courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.