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How to Grow Japanese Maples

How to Grow Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples or Acer palmatum are stunning dwarf trees that vary widely in shape, size, and color. These amazingly unique trees are as beautiful as they are fascinating. Their care isn’t complicated, but following some basic steps will help your tree be its absolute best for years to come. Buy Japanese Maple trees online at our North Carolina nursery.

Japanese Maple Care

Sun
All Japanese maples can grow in shade or part sun and some can grow in full sun. In general if you are in a warm climate, zones 8 or up choose a location with at least some shade.

Soil
Japanese Maples are adaptable, but prefer moist soil that is well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic, and nutrient rich.

Water
You must water your newly planted Japanese Maple well. Keep it moist for the first few months. While it is drought tolerant after establishment, it will grow faster when the soil is watered when dry.

Food
Feed your Japanese Maple tree a balanced slow release fertilizer in spring.

Mulch
Applying 1 to 2 inches of mulch at least a few inches farther out than the root zone extends when planting is a great option to keep weeds at bay as well as reduce watering needs by allowing the soil to better retain moisture.

Prune
Pruning isn’t generally necessary for Japanese Maples. However if you choose to trim your tree do so when they are dormant in winter. If a branch is damaged, diseased, or dead prune it right away.

Growing Zones
Most Japanese maples grow in zones 5 to 9, but be sure you check the recommendations for the specific variety you are purchasing especially if you are in a zone 9 as some are less heat and sun tolerant than others.

Japanese Maples in the Landscape

Japanese Maple trees are perfect accents or focal trees for shade, water, rock, or meditation gardens.  

Plant in a mixed bed with Junipers for out of this world texture and contrast. Add a few rocks and your neighbors will think you hired a professional!

Plant your Japanese Maple in a pot for a great look in a garden, or on a porch or patio.

Growing Japanese Maples in Containers

A Japanese Maple tree is an excellent choice for growing in a planter. Choose a pot that is no more than twice the size of the rootball and has drainage holes. A good quality potting soil is key. Container Japanese Maples will need watered and fertilized more often than trees in the ground. Check the soil by pressing your finger into the soil at least 2 inches. If it is dry go ahead and water. Fertilize in early spring and again in later summer. Repot when the tree is starting to become rootbound in the pot.

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