Enchanting Japanese Maples

September 6, 2010 at 9:00 AM Leave a comment

Enchanting Japanese Maples

Two experts pick their favorites based on color, shape

by Francie Schroeder and Henry Eastwood

‘Osakazuki’ has an upright habit and great fall color.
Photo/Illustration: Alan Mandell

With their small stature, tremendous variety, and four-season beauty, Japanese maples always offer something to see. Dark, undulating branches sometimes crested with snow create a variety of graceful silhouettes in winter. The rest of the year, the branches provide a structure on which a slipcover of leaves spreads colors and textures. Lush, new spring growth emerges, filling the bleak landscape with a variety of hues we usually expect in fall. Summer brings maturity—new growth hardens off, pinks and yellows fade while greens and reds deepen. In autumn, these trees fill the garden with a symphony of colors.

Read more at Fine Gardening Magazine. 


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