Landscape design is an important part of your home's curb appeal and value, but most homeowners do not know realize how essential a green lawn, healthy shrubs, colorful flowers, and thriving trees are. Of course, choosing plants for your yard can become overwhelming. Thankfully, the Japanese Maple tree offers enormous beauty that works with any home style and personality. From its rich foliage to its unique texture and attractive shape, it is easy to see why so many homeowners choose Japanese Maple trees for their landscape design. Here are a few facts you should know regarding these unique trees.
Not Just for Japan
While it is true that Japan is associated with maple trees, the Japanese Maple can grow in most parts of the world.
Since they are durable and heat tolerant, they are capable of growing and thriving in most conditions including hot and dry climates.
If you live in an area that receives intense heat and a lot of sun, consider planting the tree near other trees for some protection against the afternoon sun. If you live in cooler climates, the sun will be beneficial for your Japanese Maple tree.
Not Just your Standard Tree
Another surprising fact that many people do not know is that the Japanese Maple is available in different plant varieties.
Choose from a large shrub, dwarf tree, or a full-sized tree that is capable of growing up to heights of 25 feet.
The size of your tree is one factor to consider when making your selection, but you can also choose from a few different foliage colors.
For a bold and vibrant red foliage through the fall season, opt for the Osakazuki Japanese Maple. If you prefer a multitude of colors, choose the Higasayama variety that brings yellow, browns, and reds into your landscape design.
Not Very Needy
If you lack a green thumb, you will enjoy the durability of ease of maintenance offered by the Japanese Maple tree.
In the fall, use pruning shears to trim away excess growth that may be inhibiting its look. Also, trim off any shoots that are growing out of the tree's trunk. These shoots can prevent air from flowing through the foliage. If the foliage becomes too moist from improper air circulation, it may develop fungal infections.
Fungal infections can cause the tree to rot and decay. The fungus is also capable of spreading to and harming surrounding plants and trees. If you are noticing decaying matter on your Japanese Maple tree and other plants, contacting a tree specialist may be necessary to remove the infected trees.
Once established, daily watering will not be necessary. In hot seasons and in periods of excessive drought, water the tree periodically. Also, replenish mulch around the tree's base to lock in moisture.
The Japanese Maple is one of the most attractive and valuable additions to your landscaping. With this guide, you will learn why and how it has become a favorite tree for homeowners. Contact an arborist for more help.