The Japan maples (Acer palmatum) listed in catalogues are peculiarly beautiful as represented by a dozen or more varieties grown in Eastern nurseries. They do well in deep, warm soil, sheltered from drying winds, in the Eastern and Southern States. But all of them fail in the prairie States. But their near relatives of the Oriental type, Acer Tataricum and Acer ginnala, are graceful, small trees, with handsome foliage, coloring finely in autumn, and are hardy in all parts of the West and the cold North.