Planting Hellebores under Japanese maple?

ikea_gwOctober 17, 2008

Newbie question! I have a pretty old japanese maple next to my front door. I am wondering if I can plant hellebores under the maple. The tree is probably at its mature height of 15 feet with a similar spread. There is no visible roots under it and there is a heavenly bamboo and some other low growing shrub nearby. There seems to be some mushrooms growing in the vicinity as well but I don't know if this will be a problem for the hellebores. It gets filtered shade when the maple has leaves and morning sun otherwise. Thanks for any help.

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

I have a smaller variegated Japanese maple underplanted with (among other things) hellebores. Do a test dig and see if you have too much root competition there. Mine have been in place approx 5 years and I'm not seeing any sign of 'root fighting' or crowding so far.

I have other hellebores under a native vine maple in another part of the property - those I have to watch more closely and give more water in late summer. Little denser canopy to the older vine maple deflecting rain and thirstier roots to that tree it seems.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2008 at 1:17PM
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