Three separate maple trees, three distinct fall colors: (left to right) yellow, orange, and red. Where can you get such varied autumn color displays except from maples? Is it any wonder, then, that leaf peepers idolize the mighty maple? -- http://landscaping.about.com/cs/fallfoliagetrees/a/fall_foliage7.htm
Step 2: Dig a Hole - How To Plant a Japanese Maple Tree
Step 2: Dig a Hole - How To Plant a Japanese Maple Tree - Southernliving. Dig a hole three times as wide as the root-ball and slightly shallower. Place the tree in the hole. The top of the root-ball should be a little higher than the surrounding soil (as you would plant an azalea). Add a small amount of slow-release fertilizer to your soil. Fill in around root-ball with the surrounding soil, firm, and water well.