Flowerdale Nursery  & Landscaping
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Flowerdale Nursery & Landscaping

JAPANESE MAPLES

 In Orange County

 

There are many different types of Japanese Maples. All are deciduous, losing their leaves in the winter. The regular green variety, Acer palmatum, is the easiest to grow. After many years, it can grow to be a small tree up to about twenty feet tall when protected from reflected heat and drying winds. All varieties prefer a cool, moist, shady to semi-shady area with a well drained acid soil. These conditions must be created and can be easily achieved by growing them in large pots or tubs.

 

Acer palmatum - Upright, small tree with artistically branched stems and green, deeply lobed leaves. This is the most sun tolerant and can be grown in the ground on an east or north facing exposure, as well as under large trees with high canopies.

 

‘Atropurpureum’ (Red Cutleaf) - Upright variety with deeply cut leaves are red-purple in color making an excellent contrast with green leafed varieties or other green leafed plants. Can grow up to 15 feet, but much smaller in pots.

 

‘Bloodgood’ - Upright variety to 10 feet tall with dark red leaves and interesting blackish-red stems.

 

‘Burgundy Lace’ - Arching branches to 8 feet tall. Deeply lobed, finely cut, burgundy-red leaves. Provide a beautiful lacy effect. That contrasts well with green leafed plants.

 

‘Crimson Queen’ - Low-branching dwarf with a weeping habit. Beautiful crimson colored leaves.

 

‘Oshio-Beni’ -  Arching branches to 12 feet tall. Deeply lobed, finely serrated red-orange leaves. Contrasts well with green leafed plants.

 

‘Waterfall’ - Green leafed, finely cut, and lacy leaves. Cascading branches are slow growing, making a great container plant.

 

Soil - Japanese Maples prefer an acid soil. Use the same planting and potting procedures as you would for Azaleas and Camellias. Many successful growers use orchid bark or coarse pumice in the soil mix to increase drainage. Feed regularly with  Acid Plant Food. 

 

Growing tip - During summer, many Japanese Maples suffer from warm dry conditions and alkali-salt leaf burn. This causes the leaf tips or entire leaves to turn brown. You can remove all the leaves and they will re-grow another entire set to cover the plant again, just like spring!

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