If you’re like me, and you’ve spent many years wandering around the Japanese countryside and through its gardens, you’ll know how beautiful a Japanese Maple Tree is. They have the ability to add vibrant splashes of color into a more or less uniform palette of green.
In Japan, this contrast of colors is enjoyed both on the large and the small scale. Often, Japanese garden design, and Japanese Home Decor, are actively trying to mimic, or recreate, or pay homage to the way nature itself presents itself. So may see a whole mountainside that presents a patchwork of autumnal hues mixed with evergreens. The people that live in the surrounding areas may try to achieve an effect in their own gardens that reference this. They may do this by having smaller versions of these trees in the form of Bonsai, or incorporate Japanese Maple Trees in their own gardens.
Of course, as always, the greatest effect is going to be achieved by going through the effort of sourcing, looking after, and shaping a real tree in a real garden, or within the home. But, for many, this just isn’t feasible amidst the business of a modern day lifestyle. The answer for many is using a combination of real and faux plants to create an effect that is striking, but not so hard to maintain. An artificial Japanese Maple Tree is a case in point, and has the added advantage of allowing you to “maintain” your tree at the perfect point in its aesthetic life cycle the whole year round.
With that in mind, here are some of our favourite artificial maple trees on the market.
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Who is behind this site?
I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1).