depending on variety
depending on variety
Shade is preferred
once established, does not like wet feet
pruning necessary however may be pruned in
late winter to tidy up
Maples (acer palmatums) are a widely cultivated
family of plants useful as small trees, large
shrubs, container plants, and bonsai. There are
many exciting cultivars that look good in many
from their aestheticaly pleasing appearance and
ease in growing, one well-placed Japanese maple
can add hundreds or thousands of dollars in value
to your property.
maples will grow in sun or shade. In their natural
habitat Japanese maples are understory trees,
growing in dappled forest sunlight and at the
edges of woodlands. Ideally they prefer to be
grown in similar conditions. Bright sunlight and
hot summers do not kill trees, but in hot summer
areas, the newest leaves may burn and scald in
any garden soil will grow Japanese maples, but
the soil must be well drained! Wet soggy soil
around the roots is the killer. Good thing is
they'll often let you know if their feet are too
wet when the leaves brown on the tips. If proper
planting techniques are followed from the start
when planting a Japanese maple you shouldn't have
this problem. We plant Japanese maples in a raised
bed or mound to insure good drainage.
should have a consistent supply of water during
the first 2 or 3 years after planting. Do not
over-water them though. Just make sure they get
enough water during periods of drought. Onc established,
Japanese maples can easily withstand periods of
drought with no problems at all. Few pests or
diseases afflict Japanese maples, and no regular
spraying or controls are indicated.
are two basic forms of Japanese maples: upright
and mounding. Most of the uprights have larger
palmate leaves while the mounding forms have thinly
dissectided lacey foliage. Both the upright and
the mounding forms come in shades of red or green
foliage. Below are a few of our favorites.
- This is probably the most popular of the upright
red leaf Japanese maples. Holds color well in
summer. 'Red Emperor' is an improved 'Bloodgood'
that when available we are use in landscape plans.
'Fireglow' is another selection similar to Bloodgood
but with lighter red new growth.
- This is one of our favorites of the green lace
leaf vairieties. As with most all lace leaf's
the form is mounding and the branches are cascading.
'Viridis' is another excellent green lace leaf
that we use in our landscape designs. 'Seiryu'
is a green lace leaf but with an upright vase
Queen' - This is the most popular of
all the red lace leaf Japanese maples. The form
is mounding and the foliage retains its red color
well during summer. 'Red Dragon' is another fine
selection known for its smaller size and color
retention. 'Tamukeyama', also known for holding
its color well has a more open, cascading habit..
Kaku' / Coral Bark - The Coral Bark Japanese
Maple is deserving of much wider use. It has year
round appeal, highlighted in winter when the stems
and branches turn fluorescent coral in color.
The new growth leaf color is a bright green and
the fall color is a yellow-gold tinged with red.
It will grow 15 - 18' tall and spread 6 - 8' wide.