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  • The lore of Japanese Maples
  • Dan Lanchoney

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!

  • Dan Lanchoney

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