The magic of maple trees

Bay News - - GARDENING - Ginny Clark

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.

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