Where To Plant A Japanese Maple

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This article provides information about and tips for growing Japanese Maple trees
by Brett · Zone 4B · -25° to -20° F to Zone 9A · 20° to 25° F · Trees · 0 Comments · August 26, 2011 · 20,027 views

Where to Plant a Japanese Maple?

Japanese maples are perhaps the best plant to use as a focal point. When selecting a location for a Japanese maple, avoid planting them too close to other trees or large shrubs where they may become crowded out and lost in the mix. Also avoid planting too many Japanese Maples of the same variety or color in your landscape as these are beautiful trees that are most valuable as a focal point specimen.

When designing a landscape we will usually keep it to one red leaf and one green leaf variety in one setting or view, such as the front or back yard. There are the enthusiastic collectors though. We have a friend that has over 30 varieties in his back yard alone! He's got them spaced properly and there is a good mix of other plant material to keep things interesting.

Lace-leaf Varieties (dissectums) - Plant the lace-leaf dissectums as a specimen in smaller beds to accentuate an entry way, or in rock, patio, or water garden setting as a the feature plant. Lace-leaf varieties are also perfect for planting in large containers where they can be placed on decks, patios, porches and in other outdoor living areas. We usually underplant dissectum Japanese maples with a mat-forming groundcover such as Blue Star Creeper or Dwarf Mondo grass. AVoid underplanting laceleafs with shrubs. Most lace-leaf varieties will grow between 5 and 10 feet wide - keep this in mind. Note: Plant them in full sun or shade. The lace-leaf varieties will appreciate a little shade in the afternoon though this is not absolutely necessary. Plant in a well-drained site.

Palmate Varieties (Upright) - Plant these taller and larger growing varieties as a specimen in beds or islands or to frame an entryway or corner of a home or structure. Palmatums are also also perfect for planting in large containers where they can be placed on decks, patios, porches and in other outdoor living areas. Full sun is okay however, in the South, some afternoon shade is preferred. Give plenty of thought to where you will place the tree. A well-placed Japanese maple can make a landscape. A not-so-well placed Japanese maple can go unnoticed. Consult with a local professional designer if you need some ideas for placement. Underplant with groundcover such as Ivy, Big Blue liriope, Mondo grass, or low growing shrubs such as Harbour Dwarf nandina, dwarf gardenia or Soft Touch holly to name a few. Plant in a well-drained site.

TIP: Scatter a few boulders near your Japanese maple and watch how much this brings the foliage and texture out. The Japanese always include rock in their garden designs.


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