Japanese Maple

I showed a simple cutting from my Japanese Maple yesterday, but I wanted to take a minute to show you the whole tree.

This is what it looks like with the morning sun (10:00ish) shining down through the brilliant red leaves. These photos are SOOC (straight out of the camera), so this is really what it looks like.

The red foliage blazes in the morning sunlight, and even though it’s a small tree at the back of our acre, I can easily see it from our mudroom every morning when I’m feeding the cats or letting the dog outside. Its brilliant color always catches my eye, and it makes me happy every time I see it.

The photo above isn’t great, but you can see the color of the lower leaves that aren’t lit up by the sun. Even without the back-lighting, it’s still pretty.

I mentioned yesterday that our zone (9A) is really too hot for Japanese Maple (ideal in zones 5-8), but it has survived for seven years under its pecan tree canopy. During really hot/dry summers, I have spot watered it, which hasn’t been too much of an inconvenience since I was already watering the hydrangeas in that bed. Besides the shady area, we also keep the flowerbed heavily mulched, so that’s another thing that prevents the soil temperature from getting too high or drying out quite as quickly.

My specimen is far from being a shining example of how a Japanese Maple should look, but considering our location, I’m fine with that. If I lived in a cooler climate, I would definitely invest in more of these.


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