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How Tall Do Japanese Split Leaf Maples Get?

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The Japanese Split-Leaf Maple is usually planted as an ornamental tree. Its unique leaf color and slow growth rate allow the tree to be a focal point in different types of landscapes. Planting and caring for the tree is simple, making this tree a favorite among gardeners.


The Japanese Split-Leaf Maple tree, commonly knows as the Japanese maple, grows 15 to 25 feet tall and has a canopy spread of 10 to 25 feet in width. This deciduous tree prefers part-shade, moist, well-drained soils.


The Japanese maple has a variety of leaf colors from green, purple, red or variegated. This tree's leaves change during fall and provide vibrant outdoor color.


The Japanese maple prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. To plant, dig a hole twice as wide as the root ball and as deep as the root ball. Place it in the hole, cover with rich soil, and water promptly. Allow the tree extra water to establish its root growth and survive transplanting. Pruning should only be done in the fall to mid-winter when the tree is dormant.

Plant A Potted Lace Leaf Japanese Maple

Although you may plant your Japanese lace leaf maple at any time of year, fall and winter are the ideal seasons in coastal areas with mild winters. Starting in the fall, the crown of the tree goes dormant and growth in this area stops. By the time crown growth begins in the spring, the roots of your Japanese lace leaf maple are well on their way to becoming established. Have a partner help you lift larger specimens from their pots to ensure that the tree is gently handled. Shelter from the hot afternoon sun is particularly important for new transplants. Japanese lace leaf maple prefers well-draining soil. If your soil is heavy clay, you'll need to plant the maple on a raised mound of properly draining garden soil. The best way you can take care of your tree in its first year is by watering it and letting it settle in its new spot. Within two months of planting, only water the tree every 7 to 10 days.

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