The Q&A Archives: Container for Red Japanese Maple

Question: I have purchased a red japanese maple that I want to put in a container. The maple is currently about 2-3 feet tall. I don't know how big of a container that I need to house this. I plan to keep the tree pruned. Also, what type of container. For example, I am currently looking at some that are concrete, and more flat rather than deep.

Answer: Japanese maples are relatively slow growing and are perfect for large containers. I have one planted in a half-whiskey barrel and it's been happy for nearly 20 years. So, something of that size will be fine whether it is wood or concrete. I'd stay away from plastic because the tree will live longer than the plastic will hold up. Whichever container you choose, make sure that it has plenty of drainage holes on the bottom and fill it with half topsoil and half potting soil for weight (you don't want your tree to be topheavy and topple over), and for good drainage.

Best wishes with your lovely Japanese maple!

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