What You Need to Know About Japanese Maples
How Do You Care For Japanese Maple Trees?
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.
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. Learn More about how to prune a Japanese Maple.
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 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.
What Color Are Japanese Maple Trees?
Japanese maple trees usually have red-purple or green leaves, but there are variations.
Japanese Maple Sizes
Small (Under 10 feet)
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