Acer japonicum/FullmoonJapanese Maple
Who can resist Japanese Maples? Not me. Especially the variety ‘Green Cascade’ you see in these photos, with its amazing fall foliage. It grows to either 6 x 10 or 20 x 30 (depending on who’s talking, so only time will tell.) There are lots more great varieties to choose from.
Expert Michael Dirr says A. japonicum isn’t as heat-tolerant as A. palmatum, but mine seems quite happy in the hot Mid-Atlantic area.
- Protect from full sun in the South. (Dappled shade is best.)
- Hardy to Zones 5-7.
- Especially in its early years, keep watered. (Okay, so maybe these aren’t the MOST sustainable plant in the world, but I make a tiny exception for them. Now in its fifth year, mine gets minimal watering, however.)
- They require no pruning at all.