Acer palmatum ‘Bihou’.This incredible variety puts on, in my opinion, the BEST winter display. And if you disagree that it is the best, I’m sure you will at least admit that it is the brightest. Once the cool temperatures of winter arrive, the bark on ‘Bihou’ turns from orange/yellow to bright yellow. This variety always grabs my attention from a distance.
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’.This is by far the most famous of the colored bark Japanese Maples. It has been around for a long time and has proven itself not only stunning but also reliable. A perfect bright coral color that is unmatched in the garden.
Acer circinatum ‘Pacific Fire’. This is a lesser known Vine Maple variety that really puts on a winter show. The branches are a deep coral to red depending on sun exposure. What makes this variety different is the extra thick limbs. Even the current seasons branches can grow up to ½ inch thick.
Acer palmatum ‘Winter Flame’.This variety is really great because it is by far the most vigorous of the colored bark Japanese Maples. The bark color is mostly red to coral red. Plant this one next to ‘Bihou’ for a remarkable contrast during the winter months.
Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’.This is not a colored bark variety but winter is a wonderful time to admire its amazing and artistic growth structure and branching habit. Also the newer growth branches with their extremely tight internodes. The next season’s buds packed tight together, just waiting for spring.