03 December 2015

Japanese maples have extraordinary fall colors that range from bright yellow through orange and red.

Japanese maples are beautiful in autumn

Protect them from drying winds and direct sun by providing exposure to partial or filtered shade and well-drained soil with more organic matter, particularly in USDA hardiness zones 7 and 8. Leaves often scorch by the hot summer weather in Savannah.

The Japanese maple are often grown as bonsai.

This one was grown from seed

is Misho.

  Acer palmatum, Japanese maple, momiji
Keep Outdoors in a partially sunny location.
Temperate tree that is frost hardy.
Check the soil daily but only water when necessary.
Never allow the soil to dry out- keep the soil evenly moist.
Allow shoots to extend 3 or 4 nodes then prune back
to 1 or 2 leaves, to maintain the shape
Re-pot in spring before buds extend
Japanese maple foliage may be injured by spring frosts. 
Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season.
  Can be easily grown from seed. 
A great plant for beginners.

Acer palmatum, Japanese maple
Fall color: Acer palmatum, Japanese maple "Otohime"

used as an accent tree

Colored leaves of Acer palmatum

Japanese maples are beautiful in autumn

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