The Japanese Maple is a great ornamental tree because it can reach heights of up to 20 feet but many keep it in small planters and trim or prune it down. The Japanese Maple is very similar to the bonsai tree, but it has more of a broad leaf. Many people use this tree around water gardens, flower beds, around the home or office. These are great planted with other trees, shrubs or flowers, but they are also great just by themselves. The Japanese Maple has bright pink-purple leaves which make it a definite eye stopper. No matter where you plant the Japanese Maple is makes fantastic accent piece to have.