Japanese Red Maple, red, almost always, always surprising, yes, for its lively presence. The more modest size compared to other large trees make it a wonderful fallback for decorating gardens which have less and less space to exist in a cemented Italy. This tree gives many varieties to choose from, impossible not to find one to love, plant and care for.
Japanese Red Maple: characteristics
There are over 200 species of Japanese Red Maple, some like trees, others like shrubs, most of them are deciduous and native to Asia, Europe and North America. The height can vary widely: from two scarce, to thirty meters high. Each species has its own dignity and its raison d'etre, those that are best known are because they are admired in their ornamental foliage which, especially in autumn, takes on intense colors. Wood and bark are also popular parts but not for aesthetics.
In general theJapanese Red Maple it is a rustic plant resistant to low temperatures, it does not require particular climatic conditions but prefers rich and well drained soils. The leaves have the most varied colors, if we go to probe the various species, the ones we all associate with this tree are the red ones, generally with five lobes, but theAcer circinatum, for example, he surprises us with even 7-9 lobes and he is not the only disobedient one.
L' Japanese Red Maple most common in Italy, in very large gardens, parks and terraces, is theacer palmatum, originally from Asia, between China, Korea and Japan. It is not the largest, 4-5 meters, and sports leaves with five pointed lobes. It produces purple flowers which then turn into fruit but the leaves remain the best sight this tree offers.
Other types of Japanese Red Maple that is successful in our country are the dwarf ones: they develop dense and compact, they have darker leaves, even purple, do not exceed one and a half meters in height.
Dwarf Red Maple: ideal for Bonsai
L' Japanese Red Maple in its country of origin it has been cultivated and appreciated for centuries for its posture and the beauty of its foliage, even in a small format. As well as in nurseries, in fact, where it reproduces mainly by cuttings, we find this small tree also among bonsai. Here, too, it does great when it has red leaves, adapts easily to growing in pots and makes a beautiful scene in the house or on a patio.
Among all the bonsai, that of Japanese Red Maple it is not among the most demanding: like its normal size counterpart, it does not tolerate water stagnation and excessively cold currents. Another trick if you want a Japanese Red Maple bonsai luxuriant and shining, is not to place it where the sun shines. Better in an area where it only gets direct light for a few hours a day.
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Be careful to prune it, then. He is not one of those who love clean and decisive cuts, he demands sweetness and care. Better to ask the experts for advice. By character theJapanese Red Maple he's not the type who reacts well if we cut him too hard.
Japanese Red Maple: the red leaves
As mentioned so far, theJapanese Red Maple it is primarily known for its red leaves. In truth it is not his only gift. I don't question it, but I'd like this beautiful tree to be appreciated for the shape of the leaves too, for example. And for the balance it shows as it grows and develops its hair. Almost he could and did to isolate himself and keep calm whatever happens around him.
So in a flowerbed stuck in traffic or in gardens where pestiferous children make them of every color, he red and "ZEN", it grows harmoniously with its regular and tenacious branches. Another reason to adore theJapanese Red Maple resides in the comfortable size of this tree-shrub.
Not that it is to be considered as a piece of furniture, to be fitted into a studio apartment, but almost. In our cities it is often difficult to have large spaces or extensive gardens available where you can decide to plant or have all the trees you want planted. We must deal, in the true sense of the word, with the expected development in order not to find a giant tree in a metropolitan mini-garden.
Hence, theJapanese Red Maple and the perfect city garden tree always easy to manage, clean and tidy. With one or more specimens you make a real impression in terms of color and there are no problems of space.
Japanese Red Maple: tips
Why ours Japanese Red Maple give your best here are some tips so that our green thumb can treat his red hair as best as possible. The ideal soil is fresh and light, to always be kept well drained but not dry. Let's avoid them being created stagnant water which would cause serious damage in a short time. Especially in the vegetative period the irrigations must be regular so that the leaves are never dry.
At the end of autumn, if you feel like it, Japanese Red Maple likes a slight mulch with mature manure or leaves, other types of fertilizer to use in early spring are also fine. It is important not to overuse products with a lot of nitrogen.
Even the positioning it is important for this plant: the sun does not disturb it but never too direct for prolonged times. A condition of bright shade is optimal in the afternoon, in the morning a little sun is also fine when it is not yet strong. In addition to the light, we must also pay attention to the blowing air: theJapanese Red Maple should be protected from cold winds, which can damage his hair and create physiological problems.
Japanese Red Maple: price
After these tips, there is no reason not to buy a plant of Japanese Red Maple and put them into practice. You can get it online for 25 euros a small tree that will immediately brighten up the house.
For those who have a studio or know how to enjoy the little things, there are seeds, 20 seeds, for 4 euros with instructions for cultivationof Japanese red maple bonsai. Traffic proof, always zen despite its small size.
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