Why are Japanese Maple Trees so Expensive?



Most people, especially east Asians only know Maple trees because Maple leaves are the national symbol of the Canadian flag. Maple trees and syrups are famous in Canada and Northern America. But, Why Japanese Maple Trees are considered a little costlier than Maple trees from other countries. So, here, let’s know ‘Why are Japanese Maple Trees so Expensive?’

Why they are so expensive?

Japanese Maple trees are highly beneficial and decorative in homes. These maple trees are costlier when compared to other maple trees in various countries. This is only because, These varieties are needed to be taken with utmost care and the Grafters have to spend their all energy, money, and years to produce a healthy and beautiful Japanese Maple tree. That is why maple trees are unique, beautiful, and quite expensive. We will look into more information about them.

Japanese Maple Trees

There are 250 species in Japanese maple trees. All are differentiated by their color, shrubs, duration to grow, sizes, shapes, flowering and fruits, various adaptations to the different seasons and climates of the year, etc, Nowadays, Japanese Maples are huge in production and they are ruling the other maple producing countries also. 

How do they grow them?

Normal plant lovers also can buy Japanese maple seeds Online or in any other place. Which will cost around 5 dollars to 8 dollars. They also grow after some time. But Those seeds are what we can get from markets, In Japan, they use those same seeds only for rootstocks. (Rootstocks are a process where one kind of seeds are planted and later another plant will join with the seed plant and both will be combined and grow together).


There is nothing wrong with the rootstock plants. But, the plant will take more than four years to grow just 40 to 50 centimeters even though it’s not the main variety like Bloodgood or Disectum, Shishi Gashira. For some seeds we buy from the supermarket we can’t guarantee what size it will be or color it will be or what shade it will be in autumn, or what type of flowers and fruits it will produce. But, the main species like Shishi Gashira, Bloodgood, or Okagawa the experts and cultivators can accurately predict what they are going to be. 

When it comes to Japanese maple trees, especially unique species they graft the plants. Grafting is a skill that is used to combining two stems in one pot. It is not an easy process it is a skill that should be proceeded with utmost care. This grafting process is what costs money, time and care. 

Grafting Process

In the Grafting process, they take a seedling maple plant which is almost eighteen months with a height of 30 centimeters efficiently chop it off near the soil according to the season and the maple plant. There are various methods in Grafting some will chop it and replace the other plant on the previous one or some will plant another sapling near the seedling maple tree plants. It depends on the season of the place. But, the time to get the results are the same. Some varieties grow quicker than others are a lot slower in growing. Some medium growth of varieties takes 7 to 8 years to grow as a ready plant to decorate home gardens.

Some unique varieties in Japanese maple trees:

  • Bloodgood Japanese Maple
  • Butterfly Variegated Japanese Maple
  • Crimson Queen Japanese Maple
  • Coral Bank Japanese Maple 
  • Emperor One Japanese Maple 
  • Inaba Shidare Lace Leaf Japanese Maple 
  • Orangeola Japanese Maple

Various advantages to plant maple trees in the landscapes:

  • Maple trees are susceptible to damage.
  • Most of the maple varieties are regional.
  • One of the best benefits of growing maple trees is we can enjoy the flavors of maple syrup.
  • They provide ornamental value.
  • They provide some fun and nutritional fruits.
  • They come in a wide range.


The production of the Japanese Maple trees is quite different and difficult. Particularly some main varieties and it takes a lot of effort, money labor, and time to produce a Japanese maple tree. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can we grow Maple plants for business purposes?

Yes, Maple trees are in demand for the past several years and they will be in the future also. There are more than 250 species in Japanese maple trees, we can’t grow and take care of all of them. But, we can grow some specific maple trees that are good for breeding and higher rate in markets. Plant specialization is one of the difficult processes when it comes to Japanese maple trees.

  • Where does my maple trees can grow best? 

Maple trees grow best in areas where the soil’s texture should be fine to medium. Avoid planting maple trees in dry, sandy, or rocky soil. We have to water them every day twice as much as it requires to the species and the seasons accordingly. 

  • Where can I sell them?

You can sell them anywhere that you want. But, selling at the right place will improve your value and time as well. Using the latest technologies we can find the best customers all around the world. Some of the places and platforms to sell these Japanese maple trees. We can sell them in botanical shops where plant lovers can easily identify and buy these from the vendors. We can use Instagram, Facebook, youtube, Twitter as a basic platform to promote and sell these plants. If you are planning to sell various varieties you can have your own website and people can easily buy from you directly. 

  • To how much I can sell my Japanese Maple trees? 

After 8 years of the Grafting process and the utmost care, the grafters sell those for 40 to 50 Dollars. Some people do not understand that the price range of these varieties is quite higher than other normal and beneficial plants, even if we compare the other maple plants with Japanese maple plants they are really higher in the price range. Because, Japanese maple trees take a lot of energy, raw materials, time as well as money, especially the unique species of Maple plants. 

Why are Japanese Maple Trees so Expensive?

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