Japanese Maple Trees

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All About Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese maples are highly prized for their graceful forms, their palmate foliage, and their beautiful colors. Native to Asia, these ornamental trees have been cultivated in other areas of the world for almost 200 years. They can be single or multi-stemmed.

Deciduous, their foliage ranges from light and airy to more traditionally palmate (hand-shaped) in shades from lime green through burgundy and purple.

Most Japanese maples are cultivars of Acer palmatum, but a few are derived from other species of Acer. They have been selectively bred for size, color, shape, and foliage. Japanese maples are available to suit any size need and nearly any desired color.

Cultivars like our ‘Bloodgood’ are well known for their stunning fall colors, but Japanese maples provide four seasons of interest in the garden. Even through the winter, their graceful pattern of branches and flowing form breaks up the monotony of leafless bushes and conifers.

Japanese Maple Landscape Ideas

Using Japanese maple trees in your landscaping is easy, with so many sizes and colors to choose from. Choose a large variety to serve as a stand-alone tree in a front yard or to draw the eye down from the roofline to the ground, softening the outline of the house.

Mid-sized Japanese maples are perfect for creating visual space, separating areas of your garden or yard, or providing backdrops for other features. Dwarf varieties can be planted directly into a perennial bed to provide color and texture.

Japanese maples are often used in Asian-inspired gardening, and formal or semi-formal Japanese gardens practically require at least one of these zen-inspiring trees. Water features and Japanese maples go hand in hand, and water is often a feature in many Asian-themed gardens.

How to Plant Japanese Maple Trees

Plant Japanese maples like other small trees and shrubs. Begin by digging a hole as deep as the root ball but several feet wide.

Sunny or partially sunny spots work best. A place with good morning sun and dappled shade in the afternoon is ideal. The site should have good drainage. Mulch around the base to keep the soil cool and provide additional organic matter as the mulch breaks down.

What is the Best Time of Year to Plant a Japanese Maple?

Japanese maple trees take root best in the fall. When spring turns to autumn, try to find an area that suits your tree based on sunlight and soil. It's best to plant Japanese maple trees about a month before the ground freezes for the winter. This will allow the roots to take hold for the season. Come spring, your Japanese maple tree will be settled in for the growing season.

Can Japanese Maple Trees be Planted in Full Sun?

Japanese Maple Trees are vulnerable to burning if they are in hot locations with full sun. That’s why the prefered planting location is in dappled shade. Areas with dappled shade have a mix of sun and shade, often due to surrounding trees or structures.

Japanese Maple Zones & Cold Hardiness

Most Japanese maples are hardy to USDA  zone 5 and do well up to zone 8. Some cultivars are available, which may survive in sheltered sites with colder winters. Small Japanese maples can do quite well in large containers for those living in frostier locations. Bring them in once they go dormant in autumn, and let them overwinter in a garage or basement.

How Big Do Japanese Maple Trees Get?

Mature heights and spread for Japanese maple trees can vary widely by cultivar. Our weeping Japanese maple reaches 6-10 feet high at maturity and spreads to 10 or 12 feet. Larger varieties can reach 20 feet in height and width. Dwarf Japanese maples may be only 3-4 feet tall but spread like an umbrella.

Japanese Maple Water Requirements

Like many other species of Acer, Japanese maples prefer soil that is well-drained and somewhat high in organic matter. Think of the typical humus-rich soils in an established forest.

They may need watering if planted in hot, sunny locations but typically are low-maintenance. They should not need supplemental fertilizer.

How to Trim/Prune a Japanese Maple Trees

Japanese maples do not need much pruning. Crossing branches, winter damage, and vertical suckers can be removed. If pruning is necessary, do so in summer after the growth flush. You will be able to easily see any errant branches or other issues to take care of.

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