Japanese maples are fairly low maintenance. Many varieties prefer some shade to avoid leaf scorch in summer, especially in warm climates like the southern US, but there are varieties that perform better in full sun than others. These trees prefer a slightly acidic, fertile, moist soil. Feed your Japanese maple tree in spring with a slow release fertilizer.
Grows in Zones
Indoor/Patio Hardiness Zones
What You Need To Know About Japanese Maples
How Do You Care For Japanese Maple Trees?
How Do You Prune A Japanese Maple?
Generally you do not need to prune Japanese maples. However container trees and Japanese maples in colder climates often get tip dieback in winter. This is best trimmed when new growth begins to emerge in spring so you can be sure the tip of the branch is dead.
What Japanese Maple Leaf Types Are There?
Lace leaf (Acer palmatum var. Dissectum) Japanese maples have small, delicate, deeply lobed foliage and are generally weeping trees. Standard (Acer palmatum) Japanese maples are palm-shaped and look like a smaller version of a traditional maple tree. Palmatum cultivars tend to be upright trees and are generally larger than lace leaf maples.
When Do You Plant A Japanese Maple Tree?
Ideally you should plant Japanese maple trees in spring or fall. However, cooler growing zones are better off planting in spring, summer, or early fall while warmer climates should plant in fall, winter, or spring.
What Color Are Japanese Maple Trees?
Japanese maple trees usually have red-purple or green leaves, but there are variations.
Japanese Maple Sizes
Japanese maple trees are excellent dwarf trees to grow in containers. For best results choose a cultivar that grows to 10 feet or less, a good quality potting mix, and a planter that drains well. Be sure the tree grows in at least one hardiness zone lower than yours or you will need to protect your tree in winter. Keep the soil moist, but not wet, and apply slow release fertilizer twice per year, in early spring and again in mid to late summer.
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