Take a look at the varieties of maple trees.
How to Select a Maple
At Lakewold we have hundreds of maple trees growing in the garden. I can’t think of a better place to observe a mature maple specimen. When selecting a maple for your own yard you should consider five points.
1) Cold hardy/ Zone- Most maple are fine in zones 6-9 but remember to select a zone or two hardier if you plan to plant in a container. (Most of us are zone 7-8)
2) Mature Size - Japanese maples can be trimmed once or twice a year, but if you are not pruning remember to consider height and width
3) Sun or shade- Generally speaking the light the leaf, the greater need for shade
4) Type of leaf- Leaf lobes can be moderate to deeply divided leaf and the leaf color can be different during the changing seasons.
Dissectum- these are represented with lace leaf, weeping and deeply dissected into the sub-lobes.
Palmatum- Small tree of Japan and Korea with two-thirds to three-quarters cut into the leaf base.
5) Seasonal interest- Now that we know about leaf shape but don’t forget to check out bark color and/or design,
Your mature tree will develop character and become a focal point in your garden. Select the features that you find most interesting before making an investment that will be appreciated for years to come.
Examples at Lakewold Gardens:
Paperbark- Acer griseum
Sango kaku (coral bark) -Acer palmatum
Shin deshojo –Acer palmatum
Trompenburg (potted)–Acer palmatum
Ukigumo (to be potted)–Acer palmatum