Q: The leaves on my Japanese maple
here in Pennsylvania shriveled up by December, but have not fallen off the tree despite several winter snow storms.
With slow-growing types that are suitable for pots, larger varieties which can create stunning backdrops and those which will drape above smaller rock plants, in woodland settings or as a framework to ponds, there's really no excuse not to have a Japanese maple
in your garden.
com/), a tree transplanting and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, recently salvaged a large Japanese Maple
tree from a construction site.
Expert tip: For extra appeal grow the Paperbark Maple that has peeling bark in a cinnamon colour, and the Japanese maple
Bloodgood with purple leaves in summer and red in autumn.
BEST OF THE BUNCH - Japanese maple
(Acer palmatum) Of course, these wonderfully elegant trees are the jewel in the crown of autumn and there is a variety for every size of garden, whether you want to plant them as part of a scheme or as a stand-alone specimen in a pot.
NO NEW HIROSHIMAS Lord in deep and silent prayer I kneel here to pray That we shall not forget to let Blood red leaf of Japanese maple
find grief Of ageing foliage crimson purple From days of Hiroshima.
ACER IN THE HOME: The Acer griseum, left, the palmatum Bloodgood above, and the Japanese maple
below THE acer is one of the splendours of autumn, with its dazzling leaf colour and elegant architectural form.
COLOURFUL: A Japanese maple
brightens up the garden
The previous (third) edition was published in 2001, and in the intervening years, the number of Japanese maple
cultivars available to gardeners has doubled.
Highlights include some of the Japanese trees in the Garden's collection which are showing their fall color, such as the Katsura Tree, the Japanese Flowering Cherry, the White Enkianthus, the Cutleaf Japanese Maple
, and the Japanese Beautyberry.
The diverse collection of trees being nursed includes a 32-inch caliper Japanese maple
(caliper is an instrument used to measure the diameter of a tree), one cedar, one American holly, one Kwanzan cherry, ten 10-inch caliper spruce trees, 5 white pines, one crypotmeria, 3 other Japanese maples
If you have a shadier spot against a wall that needs some livening up, consider growing an espaliered star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), English holly (Ilex aquifolium) or Japanese maple