CarmelAsian , San Francisco
Asian garden / Japanese Maple
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3. Plant a focal point. Less flashy than plants with bright gold or red foliage, bronze-leaved trees and shrubs can be used as understated focal points in garden beds. Bronze Japanese maples (Acer palmatum cvs., zones 5 to 8) are best planted in full sun to partial shade in hot climates.
Japanese maples. Japanese maples (Acer palmatum, zones 5 to 8) are prime candidates for artistic and structural use in the garden, because they tend to have such a strong form. Each tree is unique in its shape; some are narrow and upright, some are low and spreading, and some are weeping. Because each tree has its own shape, I find it necessary to hand-pick a tree that lends itself to the particular style of a space.When choosing a Japanese maple, research on the front end will limit future disappointment. Some Japanese maples attain a height of 25 feet or more, while others remain under 10 feet.See 11 Japanese maples with breathtaking color and form
Botanical name: Acer palmatum; many cultivarsCommon names: Japanese maple; many cultivarsUSDA zones: 5-8Water requirement: RegularSun requirement: Soft dappled shade or morning sun with afternoon shade is best; too much sun will scorch its leaves.Mature size: 15-25' tall x 10-25' spread maximum, depending on cultivar