Japanese Maple

//Japanese Maple

This is a Japanese Maple. There are hundreds of varieties and too many to specifically identify (even many red ones). Japanese maples prefer; dappled or afternoon shade especially when young, protection from strong wind, well-drained, consistently moist soil (neither excessively wet nor dry), protection from late spring frosts especially when young. They do better in acidic soils and do not do as well in alkaline soils. Japanese Maple are greedy feeders, especially when young. Before planting, work as much compost as you like into the soil around the tree, and keep adding it during spring and early summer. Composted matter not only adds valuable nutrients to the soil, it tends to retain moisture, which Japanese Maple love. These trees are quite drought-tolerant when mature, but like most young trees, they need regular deep waterings during the first few years. Plan to water heavily twice a week during normal weather and three or even four times weekly in periods of drought. Whether your tree is young or mature, it will grow best in soil kept consistently moist by regular watering and mulching. A 3-inch layer of shredded bark around the entire root zone of the tree (but not touching the trunk) works well in all seasons.

By | 2017-09-11T15:49:26-08:00 January 21st, 2016|Trees|1 Comment

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  1. Evan May 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Next to positive this is Acer Shirasawanum Gloria.

    Does not like wet feet!!! Moreover, I’ll completely disagree with the comment that Japanese Maples are greedy feeders. Nearly every reference you pick up or surf for will tell you that they are quite the opposite of greedy feeders. Should you fertilize always, always use one which is slow release has with a low nitrogen content – the first number listed. Fox Farm/Happy Frog Japanese Maple Fertilizer 4-8-5 is top notch. Too much nitrogen in the spring results in too heavy amount of new growth which will invite insects – think heavy aphid infestation – and disease.

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