Answer: In most instances, the beauty of a Japanese maple is best appreciated when it is used alone as a specimen. Although tending to be purchased at a small size because these are relatively expensive trees, in time most of them do grow much larger. Crowding them would cramp their naturally beautiful shapes, possibly stress them due to ovvercompetition for light, water, air and nutrients and would also eventually mean all but one would have to be removed. Depending on the variety you purchase, your tree could grow anywhere from six inches to two feet per year -- most people find it is well worth the wait!
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