All about Japanese Maples

Japanese maples and their Year-round Appeal

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Japanese maples always remind us of the autumn, but this is not an accurate picture of these lovely trees. They can flourish throughout the year, which makes them a plant of every season. The spring season gives them vivid colors like red and copper brown. These may sound too shocking colors, but shocking is not a right word for these lovely trees as they naturally adapt with the ambiance. In summers, the leaves get soft and light colours which add delight to the overall environment. Although the trees carry no leaves in the winter but their structure will be a fresh addition to the surroundings. The colourful stems of some maples will leave an impression on the senses of the viewer.

Adaptable Tree

Different types of Japanese maples can fit in different places and situations and their adaptability makes them handy all the time. Take the example of Weeping range, their bulgy shape appears to be dipping in water when planted near a pool or fountain. This lets the viewer wonder whether fountains are built to adapt with this charming tree. The smaller sizes are usually placed in the busiest parts of the home and offices. This increases their visibility and in this way their charm can be enjoyed by many people. Terrace is another important place in any building and we can add the taller trees here to make them more graceful. Moreover the larger trees can be utilized to make a lane, which will give the fresh feeling to anyone passing through them.

How to change the pot of Japanese maple trees

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

As with every plant that grows in a pot it becomes rudimentary to change the pot after couple of years, this is true in the case of Japanese maple tree as well. The potted trees are often placed inside the home and offices, and the pot itself plays an important role in the aesthetic aspect of the plant because often the tree is placed inside the buildings as a centre of attraction. The change in the color scheme of the environment can sometime become the reason behind changing the pot of the tree. Moreover hygienically it is desired to change the pot as it can easily become a hideout of contaminated items.

The change will give a new look to the same old maple tree which actually will freshen the environment as well. Experts suggest that the ideal time for this procedure is the middle of spring season. The wisdom behind this act is explained by the gardeners by stating the fact that it is better to change the pot before the emergence of new leaves. There are some simple instructions that are required to be followed to successfully achieve the end results. Moisture plays a vital role for the Japanese maple trees, as the change in the pot will involve the soil to be kept in open air for some time and this can cause the dehydration for the lovely tree. To avoid such situation the plant should be watered regularly before going for such a venture.

The need of sunlight for Japanese maple trees

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Experts in the field of Japanese maple tree always stress the basic need of the plant, the sunlight. They have very solid reasoning behind this modest demand, and argue that the appropriate sunlight plays very vital role in the vibrant colors of these charming trees. Some expert even go further and claim that appropriate sunlight plays the ultimate role in maintaining the wonderful colors of this specie. But all of these claims do not forget to mention that these plants do require sunlight but in a suitable amount. Sunlight if provided in the prescribed way can greatly change the personality of the plant. The color scheme varies with the amount of sunlight received by the plant.

If you are planting the maple tree in a hot region which is known for its scorching sunlight then merely the sunlight of morning can be suitable for the plant. The delicate leaves of the Japanese maple tree cannot tolerate excessive heat. And a direct encounter with the high temperature can reduce the vibrancy of colors and in some cases can even burn the leaves. For this reason most of the people in hot regions grow them inside the buildings. But there are some alternatives that can be adopted if someone wishes to grow them in the garden. Shading is used in many cases to avoid direct sunlight. This mechanism is famous for its flexibility as it allows the gardener to remove the shade in the morning so that tree can receive required sunlight and in the afternoon when sunlight is not tolerable this shade can block the undesirable encounter. This proves to be a very handy tool in the hot regions.

Japanese maples are good for long term

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Winter in the western world is more often covers itself with the white blanket of snow. Indoor plants do not get as much affects as is the case with garden plants and trees. The frosty trees lost all the charm and colors in the chilling weather. Japanese maples are drastically different in a manner that they will keep the garden blazing with the lovely colors throughout the winter and the rest of the year. Any person who loves to raise plants knows the fact that it is only for a small part of the year that most of the plants get full bloom, but these maple trees are just the opposite of the stated description. Throughout the year they maintain their vivid colors and for a small amount of time they become green or become leafless. And this is just not true for handful of maples but it is the distinctive nature of all the varieties.

Three most sturdy Japanese maple trees

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Ornatum Japanese maples

This reliable and old variety of Japanese maples was originated in European countries. It carries with itself a very good and authentic record of good behaviour. The mushroom shape is surely not the best as compared to other varieties of its family but it does create an impact when placed in a suitable site. It can take a height of ten feet when fully grown. The dominating colour in its life is orange which turns into red in the fall. The leaves are of intervened structure consequently it can take many different shapes but it usually remains leafless during the winter.

Moreover the size of the leaves varies between 2 to 5 inches and the lobes can reach to 7 in numbers. Interestingly it carries a fruit which should be collected before the season of autumn. The dissected leaves demand some protection from hot winds, a shading of any kind can solve this problem. In the western countries it doesn?t demand any special care as the climate is not hot in these regions. Some bacterial attacks are known which generally occur in the wet climate and can easily be overcome with a proper arrangement of air flow.

Japanese Maples growing tips

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Japanese Maples growing tips

The habitats for growing Japanese maples require some considerations, and if these conditions are met then you can have the same jubilant experience as the native Japanese narrate. Extreme climate, be it too worm or too cold, is less tolerable by these trees as they posses very delicate leaves. A not too cold and not too hot climate is the most favorable factor that is need for their full thriving. But if such climate is not available then a sheltered and protected lawn in home and office can make a big difference in its growth. If you are growing it indoor then favorable conditions can be artificially duplicated with the help of simple tools like shade. This will add up a little cost but sometimes it is worth going for a little less concerned about the budget as the experience of colorful manifestation will defiantly pays off in the end.

Three must-have Japanese maple trees

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Three must-have Japanese maple trees

In the early days Japanese maples require care which can last until it is fully established. Afterwards they can grow on their own and require periodical pruning and trimming. Some varieties require little more than these modest demands. In some cases they are required to be kept upright with any conveniently available tool. But this is not a lifelong solution as they can be trained to grow in upright fashions with the help of few steps. It again requires pruning but in a manner that can guide its growth in particular direction.

There are so many benefits of pruning not only for the tree but for the gardener as well. Sometimes harmful growth of other plants in the same soil can take away all the resources available for these maple trees. Pruning helps to remove such threats. But the whole process require an extra bit of attention as well, because there are some leaves that don?t grow in the early days of the development but are necessary for the future. So it should be ensured that unnecessary cutting can reduce the future growth of the plant.

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Staking for the Japanese maple trees

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

Japanese maple tree can be planted similar to any other plant, which involves digging up a hole in the ground if a site is chosen in the garden. Roots should be fully covered under the soil and the ground should be levelled according to the surroundings. The delicacy of maple tree is appreciated throughout the world but it brings the issue of tolerance of heavy wind as well. Winds can severally damage the tree if no prior arrangements are ensured. If your area is known for heavy winds throughout the year or for any particular season of year then try to choose a site that can reduce the pressure of the wind. This becomes mandatory if you are planting the tree in the garden instead of indoor. By reducing the pressure of wind the safety of the tree can be ensured.

Three slow growing Japanese maples

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Three slow growing Japanese maples

Shishigashira Japanese Maple

The slow growing Japanese maple is bound to impress anyone with its wavy leaves. It can take up height of 15 feet which is good compared to the other variations of maple trees. The small leaves with their dissected shape are a treat to watch. The spring and summer witness the jubilant green colour and sometimes the green colour gets a hint of yellow as well. The autumn season is not a major part in the life of any tree but still it turns the colours up side down. This tree gets golden and red colour in the fall, which complements the green colour it bears almost throughout the year.

The Japanese name when literally translated results in ?The head of lion?, and the name truly justifies itself in the autumn when the furious curls of the tree get the full bloom. The tree not only bears the flowers but also comes with a fruit. The flowers appear in April, and add to the attraction of the tree a unique facet. The fruit of Samara which is associated with many other variations of Japanese maples is an excellent gift that this tree brings forward every year. The instructions that come with every Japanese maple are sufficient for this tree as well.

Three deciduous Japanese maple trees

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Three deciduous Japanese maple trees

Ever Red Japanese Maples

The cascading structure of the tree plus the dissected leaves gives this tree a high rank in the complete collection of Japanese maples. It is usual for maple trees to carry green color in the summer, but Ever Red is different here, it stays red throughout the summer without any break. It can rise up to 15 feet which can cover a lot of ground in a small garden. The leaves can have lobes from 5 to 7, and their size is usually up to 5 inches. The name is sometime misleading, as the buyer supposes the leaves will carry the red color throughout the year, which is not an accurate picture.

Although most of the life of this tree is known for the red color but in the autumn the leaves turn into bronzy green, which is a fact that should be kept in mind. The ideal growth and loveliness is conditioned by the average sunshine it takes. A recommended routine is that it should face the sun in the morning but in the afternoon proper arrangement regarding shade should be ensured. An excessive exposure to the sun can dramatically damage the exterior of the tree. The rest of the precautions are the same as of any other Japanese maple tree. And we have got the same account for the diseases, which are bacterial in nature.

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