Year-round ornamental features distinguish the many, diverse maple (Acer) trees. New spring growth emerges in a panoply of color and variegation. Summer foliage tends toward richer tones, and vivid fall leaves of these deciduous trees display show-stopping palettes of color. In winter, exquisite branching structures and colorful or exfoliating bark contribute understated beauty to landscapes. All maples boast durable constitutions, adapting to a variety of conditions. Most prefer sun to part shade with well drained soil.