Maple Tips & Ideas
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Japanese maples (including the species Acer palmatum, Acer japonicum, and Acer shirawasawanum) are smaller deciduous trees and shrubs prized for their spectacular foliages and colors in Pacific Northwest gardens. They do well in containers and many are favorites to train as bonsai as well.
It is easy to get “hooked” on collecting Japanese maples that have different colored and shaped foliages. Their form can be vase-like, domed, upright, or weeping in any height or spread from 2 feet to 30 feet. Spring and summer provide changing foliage colors and of course in autumn the maples light up the landscape with intense yellows, oranges, and reds. You will also find winter interest in the graceful shape of trunks and branching as well as bright bark colors – most notably the coral bark maple.
Check with our nursery experts to determine the cultivars that are best for your planting conditions and visual preferences. Wight’s carries hundreds of cultivars and is always looking for the latest most worthwhile introductions. We stock from 4” starter size to large specimens in many of the varieties.
Remember – Wight’s is the Northwest source for the best Japanese Maples!