The Japanese Maple shrub and tree forms are highly prized garden specimens. The stunning spring display of leaves surpasses most flowering plants. Summer gives another flush of new foliage and autumn’s brilliant colours are superb. This highly sought-after plant comes in a wide range of colours, forms and sizes. They vary in size from dwarf varieties through to medium trees and are naturally shapely growers. They are popular for bonsai, feature plantings and container plants.
Ideally Japanese maples should be protected from strong winds, planted where they will receive good light and the root zone kept cool with mulch. The root system is small and non invasive and disease and insect problems are virtually non-existent. If stressed through lack of water, the leaves can burn. Older tree specimens reach around 4m-6m in Australia. Prune to size/shape in late winter if required and fertilise in early spring.