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The lore of Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples are known for great landscaping centerpieces as well as their versatility. since they can be planted as a planter outside on your deck or patio.  Their color diversity is remarkable. The Japanese Green's leaves change color throughout the year to an almost orange/red in the fall.   The Red's leaves, while not quite as diverse of change as the Green's, turn to lighter red and yellow shades throughout the year.  

So what's the background to these trees?  Here are some quick facts:

  • They've been cultivated for over 300 years.  
  • In Japan, they call these trees "momiji" for their "baby hands" and "crimson" leave appearance
  • There are over 1000 different cultivars of these trees so a lot of different shapes and sizes
  • Japanese maple trees represent balance and practicality and are called "kito" in the Japanese language, which means "calm," "rest" or "at peace (you feeling it??)

The good news is that Japanese maple care is easy. Caring for Japanese maples in summer is mainly a matter of providing enough water to prevent stress. Water the tree in the absence of rain. Apply the water to the root zone slowly so that the soil can absorb as much water as possible.

Thanks for checking us out.  Hopefully you can find more inner peace with the help of these great trees!

Plant a Tree this spring

As you may have guessed, Spring is one of the best times to plant a tree although you can plant a tree year round.  I always shied away from planting a tree when I was younger because I had a lot of questions rattling around in my subconscious.  Where's the best place to plant it?  How big of a hole do I need to dig?  What are all of the steps involved?  I thought this site had good info around how to plant trees.  This video also gave a thorough overview.  

If you decide to purchase a tree from us, Eternitree's trees are in smaller containers and aren't that complicated to plant. Here are the instructions:

  • Remove the tree from the shipping box. The tree comes in a plastic bag to protect the soil, you can remove it from my pot. (Do not remove the pot until you are ready to plant.)
  • Water and place the tree outside
  • As mentioned above, you can plant the tree any time of the year. Just make sure there is no competition for space such as other plants or grass. Try to find places with well drained soil
  • Ready to plant? Dig a hole 6 – 8 inches wider than the tree. Loosen some of the soil in the hole and take the tree out of the pot
  • Hold the tree straight and fill the hole with moist soil. Plant it 1 inch deeper than the ground line on my trunk

Congrats, your tree is planted!  The first year, you'll want to water it every 3 weeks or so and weekly in the summer.  

Not that bad, right?  I've planted several over the years and they've all done well.  Feel free to contact us if you have questions.  Best of luck and don't be afraid!


Why Trees are Awesome

Trees are awesome.  Even though we sell trees here at Eternitree, I take them for granted because I see them everywhere.  It is important to take a step back every once in awhile to remind ourselves why trees rule , their importance to communities, and what they mean to wildlife.  Take a breath today and thank a tree for it.  They are one of the best things the Earth has provided us!