Japanese maples are often used as a small specimen tree to accent a front entry landscape or highlight a focal point. They are quite elegant and prized for their distinct beauty lending an exotic and refined dimension to a landscape.
In choosing a Japanese maple the numerous cultivars are easily divided into 2 types; an upright habit (a typical “tree” shape) or a weeping habit (arching branches that cascade downward).
Japanese maples are sought after for their unique foliage shapes and distinct pigments. Colors range from vibrant green to blood red. Leaf patterns can be full and star shaped or, as with many weeping types, “cut-leaf” or “thread-leaf”. Classic cut-leaf cultivars such as; ‘Crimson Queen’ and ‘Bloodgood’ exhibit the maroon color and lacy foliage many desire plus perform well in this climate.
The smooth textured bark and graceful branching give these small trees good winter interest. Additionally, Japanese maples may benefit from a bit of extra winter protection such as being placed near a structure. Avoid dry and excessively windy locations.
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