Friday, January 17, 2014

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Ornamental tree Friday

Coral Bark Japanese

            When we think of unique barked trees our thoughts typically would go to the White Paper Bark Birch. But there is a set of trunk and stems even more striking out there; it is called Coral Bark Japanese Maple, and the name speaks of its special difference among its trunked brotherin and sisterin.

            Another visual aspect of this tree is the light greenness of its deeply cut leaves. The tree can reach 12 to 20 feet in height, and close to that in width.

            Like all trees it prefers a sunny spot, but will tolerate some shade, and some means “a bit”, as in 6 to 8 hours of sun type shade.
            It needs watering once a week, more in times of drought; so having it in the sprinkling rotation is very acceptable.
            Like most Japanese Maples they take their time getting to adulthood, but since they are used in more ornamental spots in the landscaping, their pokiness is usually welcomed.

            I’ve planted a few for people and they seem to be doing very well; water is the key, especially in the first two to three years of their life.

            If you’re the sort of person that likes to mess with peoples’ heads plant one of these, they’ll think you’ve painted your tree.

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