Japanese Maples (3rd Edition) by J. D. Vertrees

By J. D. Vertrees

A finished resource of data at the tradition, id, and nomenclature of eastern maples, it describes all the 320 cultivars of Acer palmatum and 60 cultivars of alternative jap maple species, plus in brief mentions one hundred fifty promising new crops. The index lists each horticultural identify released, making sure that eastern Maples will remain the major reference e-book in this splendidly flexible selection of decorative plants.

This absolutely up-to-date 3rd variation has been revised via Peter Gregory and is much more overseas than its predecessors. It provides nearly a hundred very important new maple hybrids and choices which have been brought because the final revision by way of Vertrees in 1987, bringing to just about four hundred the whole variety of vegetation defined. Nomenclature has been up to date to comply to present criteria, many extra pictures were incorporated, and outlines were rearranged for better ease of reference.

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The site must be reasonably well drained. Japanese maples do not do well in a wet or swampy location, but they may be grown along pools and little streams provided the root zones have sufficient drainage and aeration. I have seen these plants growing on dry hillside locations in a clay soil and under a hot sun. Although their annual growth was limited and certainly could not be called lush, at least the plants were fine small trees fulfilling a particular need. The roots of Japanese maples are not deep, so mulching is also important in tight, heavy soils.

Once the autumn foliage is off, the characteristic shapely, twisting branch scaffolding carries the featured beauty on through the dormant season— especially if the dead leaves and debris are cleaned out of the interior. Young plants can grow rapidly at first, during which time they can be trained in shape and structure to make good accent plants. They have a natural tendency not to become too large too soon. However, the “cute little plant” purchased as a starter ‘Tamuke yama’ as an accent plant in the lawn.

Containers Container growing of Japanese maples is increasing in popularity. Small gardens and landscapes as well as the growing role of patio gardening fit the nature of these plants very well. With proper but not overdemanding care, Japanese maples may be grown in containers for many years without the necessity of repotting or root pruning. Dwarf types in ornamental urns are well suited to small patios. Where larger containers can be utilized, the range of choices increases greatly. Not only can the dwarf Many dwarf cultivars, such as ‘Kamagata’ shown here, work well in alpine plantings.

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