Although Ryuzu is a dwarf maple, it is a strong grower, quickly developing a nicely structured compact, shrubby tree. Colorful new growth has a mix of apricot tones and light-green color. The leaves and buds are quite densely-arranged, giving this slow-growing maple a congested appearance. In wintertime, the twigs are somewhat orange in color. Easy to grow so it is an excellent choice for new gardeners or for yards that are low on planting area!