Villa Taranto has a compact, rounded form. Leaves emerge reddish-purple in spring with red-purple flowers in April. These are followed by pairs of samaras that ripen and fall in autumn. Summer foliage turns to green with red undertones. Autumn foliage ranges from yellow to red-purple and bronze. Each leaf can bear from 5-9 lobes that are no more than 5mm in width.. They can create a lacy effect. The leaves will stay green if grown in the shade or red if grown in full sun.
One of the first maples to show their leaves, so needs protection from frost and cold winds. Generally hardy.
Tolerates full sun or partial shade.
As with most maples, pruning should be kept to a minimum. If required, this should be carried out in the dormant season. Then only remove dead, diseased or crossing branches.