The Q&A Archives: Japanese Maples

Question: I have about 30 Japanese Maples in my yard which is fairly shaded. Most of the maples were bought at HD the last couple years. This spring I lost 5 maples. There were buds but they never came out of dormancy. Is there anything I can do to increase their chance for survival?

Answer: I'll bet your yard is gorgeous with all those maples! Some Japanese maples are more tolerant of the growing conditions in your region so choosing the right cultivars will help ensure your trees remain healthy, even when abnormally cold winters occur. Those that budded but did not leaf out probably experienced a late frost. Sometimes they will develop new leaves and sometimes the trees just are not strong enough to overcome the stress. When you choose new maples, consider the following. These are the best choices for your growing region:
Bloodgood Japanese Maple, Butterfly Japanese Maple, Crimson Prince Japanese Maple,
Emperor Japanese Maple, Fireglow Japanese Maple, Katsura Japanese Maple, Orange Dream Japanese Maple, Orangeola Japanese Maple, Red Emperor Japanese Maple, Coral Bark Japanese Maple, Shirazz Japanese Maple, Ukigumo Japanese Maple, Crimson Princess Japanese Maple, Emerald Queen Japanese Maple, Crimson Queen Japanese Maple,
I Inaba Shidare Laceleaf Japanese Maple, Tamukeyama Laceleaf Japanese Maple,
Crimson King Maple (reddish bronze), Crimson Sentry Maple (reddish bronze), October Glory Maple (brilliant orange/red), Red Sunset Maple (brilliant orange/red), Green Mtn. Sugar Maple (yellow).

Best wishes with your landscape.

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