The Japanese Maple

Arriving in Garberville from the oft sweltering heat and dangerous flash-floods of central Texas last June, I found myself on a new adventure in a new place with no idea of what I was going to do. I remember my sister picking me up from amongst the red-eyed street people and driving me up a mountain and down a maze of driveways to get to my new home. I had come to Milewide Nursery, and I was shortly introduced to one of the most striking features I have ever seen on a farm: I stood in the middle of thousands Bloodgood Japanese Maples in full-color bloom in the middle of summer. picture15

As I moved in and started working, I became the primary caretaker for the Japanese Maples from July to October, watering them under their cooling shade in the summer, and listening to the rustling of the trees as the dazzling array of multi-colored leaves sway in the breeze. Nothing feels quite as zen as slowly counting out the seconds as you water 1000 plants and become a part of them, lost under the red-green-orange-yellow purple canopy of leaves.picture21 The endless combination of size, leaf shape, and color makes every plant a stunningly unique individual. I have to say this personal tidbit is one of my fondest memories of working here at Milewide Nursery.

The Japanese Maple

It belong to the maple family
And it’s common name Japanese Maple Tree
And it’s leaves for maple seem so very small
And the tree itself doesn’t grow to be very tall.

And though of trees I do not profess to know
Where bigger trees not suited they can grow
In garden they do not take up much space
And some of the ‘garden proud’ afford them pride of place.

From Spring to Fall their beauty to be seen
They look resplendent in their lighter green
But in latter Fall their beauty in decay
And they stand nude on Winter’s coldest day.

A smaller species of the maple tree
And they look great in their Summer greenery
And their Homeland Japan so their name imply
And if you wish to know more ask other than I.

Francis Duggan

The many interesting qualities coupled with singular beauty makes the Japanese Maple an excellent choice for a household or outdoor plant. picture32Smaller versions can be kept indoors, including the gorgeous bonsai variety,while some varieties become larger and would look impressive in any outdoor garden. picture43

The shallow root profile means it can grow in shallow or rocky soils while it also thrives in pots and just about any soil you can give it. They do well without direct sunlight especially in the summertime. One of the important things to note when taking care of a Japanese Maple is watering, while they do not have any unusual water requirements it is important that they do not receive any sudden shocks. Meaning: if they are growing in soil that is usually moist, do not let them dry out for long periods, and if it grows where it is more often dry, it does not need to be inundated with water, consistency is key.Now that you are suitably dazzled and enchanted by the Japanese Maple with it’s mesmeric beauty and variety,  it has just occurred to me that we have a plethora of them around here on the ranch wanting, waiting to be taken to new homes. They don’t need much, just loving homes (also water and sunlight, and some form of air containing carbon dioxide.) Could you say no to these faces?



We have boxes ready to ship you this most exciting new flora to add to your home, just let us know if you are interested and by next spring you’ll be the one posting ridiculously good-looking tree photos that all of your friends will be envious of.