One on my first plant addictions, that began years ago and will never be cured, is an affinity for all things Japanese maple. I just don’t see how anyone can pass on a maple! Not only are they stunning architectural plant specimens to admire, but they always have outstanding fall color as well. Three main species of Japanese maple to utilize are Acer palmatum (typical garden maple varieties and hence the name of my own disease), Acer japonicum (downy maples), and Acer shirawasawanum (the fullmoon maples). There are many beautiful varieties available to home gardeners from all these species that come in a myriad of colors and textures to surprise even the pickiest of plant people. With hundreds of distinct flavors around there truly is a maple for every spot in the garden!