Japanese maples and no spring freeze!

May 3, 2010

Japanese maples in mid spring. Our spring this year was absolutely perfect for Japanese maples. We had a cold winter and then, when it warmed up, we did not have any late spring frosts that often damage the tender new growth of Japanese maples. I would estimate that we have late spring frosts 3 out of every 4 years, and a particularly damaging one, every 5 or 6 years.In those years, the trees survive but the growth comes from secondary buds and tends to be very stubby.  This spring,

Lace leaf maples in mid spring PHoto: 5-3-10

 no tree was damaged, and the shoots have all emerged with vigor. The picture shows some of our laceleafs including the large multi-graft ‘inaba shidare’.

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