Japanese maple trees can be grown as a shrub or small tree. They are also used as a bonsai tree. The Japanese maple belongs to the aceraceae family of plants, one of the smaller families with 120 species (comprising all of the different maple trees).
Japanese maple trees can grow to a height of from 6 to 25 feet and a similar width. The leaves can be red or green and change to yellow, red or purple in the fall.
The trees are hardy in zones 5 to 8--most of the middle part of the country. They need partial shade to full sun, which is at least 6 hours of sun a day.
Plant in a place where it can stand alone as a specimen plant. It needs a sandy or loam type, well-drained soil.
Keep the soil moist during the summer. During long, dry periods, water deeply so it reaches the roots. Just placing a hose, with the nozzle off, at the base of the tree does the trick. Mulch will also help hold in the moisture.
Japanese maple trees are susceptible to several fungal diseases. Among them are tar spot, sooty mold, anthracnose, tree cankers and maple wilt.
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