At Evergreen Nursery we get especially excited whenever a new shipment of Japanese maples arrives.
Acer palmatum, the Japanese maple, is the most widely grown maple, valued for its compact size, delicate ferny foliage and brilliant autumn colors.
When many people think of Japanese maples, the most popular variety, Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum,’ comes to mind. Its crisscrossing canopy of laced leaves is an unforgettable sight that deserves a spot of honor in the garden. Dark purple spring foliage fades to olive-purple in summer before maturing into rich tones of scarlet.
With more than 700 unique cultivars, there’s a world of Japanese maples to be explored. Here’s a small slice of the 50-plus varieties (link to https://www.theevergreennursery.com/plants/trees/) that await you at Evergreen Nursery.
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
The classic ‘Bloodgood’ maple is a large variety as Japanese maples go with a pleasing canopy that eventually reaches 20 feet tall and wide. Deeply cut, purple-red leaves hold their color well through the summer. In fall, they turn a striking crimson-red, furthering the tree’s vibrant appeal throughout much of the year. Give this time-tested stunner part shade and moist, well-drained soil. Hardy to zone 6.
Acer palmatum ‘Beni Schichihenge’
This showy variety is a smaller tree that offers blue-green leaves variegated in shades of pink and cream. In fall, the leaves put on a terrific show in exciting shades of orange and gold. ‘Beni Schichihenge’ gets just 8 feet tall and wide and tends to more heat- and drought tolerant than most.
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ is one of the finest members of the Japanese maple family. Its deeply cut, almost ferny foliage opens green and turns shades of red, orange and yellow in fall. It adds a textural element to the landscape and rarely gets larger than 10 feet tall and wide.
Many Japanese maples require part shade but some varieties can take full sun. All need moist, well-drained soil.
When planting, remember the old adage: “For a $5 plant, dig a $10 hole.” Dig a generous hole, make sure the tree’s roots are spread out naturally and have someone hold the tree at the proper level as you fill in the hole. Plant it at the same depth it was in its container.
This is a great time to plant trees and our new collection of Japanese maples won’t disappoint. Of course, we sell many other wonderful landscape trees; see our latest availability list here.
After consulting with our friendly, knowledgeable staff, read your plant tags. These are mini encyclopedias on each plant or tree you purchase and should never be tossed out with the plastic pot!