At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Sapindaceae
Latin Name: Acer palmatum
Foliage: Medium green
Fall Foliage: Brilliant crimson
Bloom: Reddish-purple
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Round
Bark: Smooth to slightly furrowed
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Zone: Zone 5 to Zone 8
Size: 10 to 25 feet
Spread: 10 to 25 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

A beautiful and rather unusual maple specimen, Acer Palmatum—more commonly known as the Japanese Maple—is of Asian descent, originating from China, Japan, and Korea. A deciduous plant belonging to the botanical family Sapindaceae, the Japanese Maple is cherished as an exotic ornamental plant. It is most distinguished by its vivid foliage and a graceful build that is characterized by its weeping structure.

The Japanese Maple actually includes hundreds of named cultivars, most of these differing slightly in terms of size, color, and preferred growing conditions. Almost all are very versatile, adaptable, and companionable plants, growing well with other specimen. The Japanese Maple’s root system is compact and non-invasive, which does not make it particularly suitable for borders or hedges; it is most successfully grown as a stand-alone specimen or within a container. As a low-growing tree with a rather delicate bark, it’s important to protect the Japanese Maple from potential pollutants or objects that could cause damage (i.e. clearing the turf and surrounding the plant with a layer of mulch to avoid the risk of debris flung from a lawn mower).

While the Japanese Maple can be cultivated as a miniature version of itself—a bonsai, an exquisite botanical art form originating from oriental gardens—a mature full-grown tree can reach 10-25 ft. with a respective 10-25 ft. spread. This species thrives in sunny and airy environments, and is best planted in medium, well-drained soils with conditions that allow for full sun to partial shade. As its Latin epithet implies—palma meaning “palm”—this tree is distinguished by its conspicuous five-lobed, hand-shaped leaves. The Japanese Maple’s bark is smooth or slightly furrowed, normally greenish-gray with reddish tints that fade with age. Its April flowers are reddish-purple, later developing into winged samara that propel to the ground to spread their seeds. In the autumn, the Japanese Maple’s lush green leaves transform into a spectacular patchwork of vibrant crimson, coppery orange, and dark purple-tinged scarlet.

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