Although it is a Maple tree, the Acer name tends to refer to the smaller varieties which can be grown in smaller gardens.
They do well in any soil type, and prefer a neutral or acid soil. It is important however that they are sighted in a sheltered location as wind scorch can damage the newer leaves relatively easily. They also prefer partial shade, though can be planted in full sun.
Many colours are available including green, yellow, red and purple leaved variants. A number of species are also available with ornamental stems.
The maximum height and width the plant will reach depends on variety, though they do tend to be slow growing and can take up to fifty years to reach the maximum spread.