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What You Need To Know About Japanese Maples

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


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.

Butterfly Japanese maple tree is an exciting variegated variety and Orangeola has vivid orange foliage.

Weeping Viridis and Coral Bark have green leaves with the latter also having unique coral-red bark

Crimson Queen, Inaba Shidare, Red Dragon, Tamukeyama, Bloodgood, and Emperor One Japanese maples have red to purple foliage.

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.

Small (Under 10 feet)

Large (10 feet & up)


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