The magic of maple trees
Maples are, simply put, my favourite! Stunning, and with leaves in shades of yellow, pink, green and red they give the garden that beautiful restful look and feel. The delicate new spring leaves on Japanese maple trees are nothing short of spectacular. This is the time of year when they look their very best and for this reason they are one of the most popular deciduous trees here in Tauranga. They are suitable for everywhere from small courtyard gardens right through to large rural parklike settings.
If you have a larger garden, Senkaki, the red stemmed maple is lovely, as in winter the branches glow red and the spring growth opens out into a soft green with tinges of red in the autumn. Bloodgood and Okagami are fabulous red leaved varieties and Shindeshojo is red, turning green and then red again in the autumn. For something a bit different, check out Shirazwhich has a stunning bright variegated wine coloured leaf that shines in the sunlight. Seriyu has a very unusual fine green leaf that varies in size.
If you want smaller trees you can’t go past the wonderful patio and weeping maples like Crimson Queen (red) and Viridis (bright green). These will give the courtyard, patio, small and large gardens a real feature point. AcerMikawaYatsubusa is another super small grower— it is a bit unusual in that the leaves overlay each other and give the tree almost a twisted look.
Plant yourmaples in a sheltered spot away from the worst of thewind for best performance. Add in lots of Magic Compost and Ican Slow Food when you plant and keep them well watered through the spring and summer. If you are planting into pots, use only Premium PottingMix which has Saturaid and slow release fertiliser already in it and water regularly.
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A maple in Ginny’s garden.