Need help choosing a JM- not green or mounded

BrianaKingApril 30, 2013

I have the perfect spot for a Japanese maple, and I'm really excited about it! I have been researching for a week, and I'm no closer to choosing one than I was a week ago. My husband doesn't care for the green or green mottled leaf color all summer (prefers red). I love all the colors, but I don't care for the weeping or mounded habit.

I'm in zone 5(on the a/b line), and I will be planting it on the east side of the house where it will be well drained and receive morning sun. It will be 8' below our favorite picture window, so we want it to stay under 10' at most.

Also, is okay to order one online, or is it best to pick it out in person? I'm wondering how careful shipping and online nurseries are in handling.

Please help!

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Have you tried Davidsan's Maple selector?
It's fun and will get you started- link below.
Then browse his site and keep a towel handy to wipe up the drool :)

Here is a link that might be useful: Maple selector

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 4:59PM
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A red leafed maple that stays 10' or less and is not mounded/weeping limits your choices quite a bit! I'd look at 'Pixie', 'Skeeter's Broom', 'Shaina' or 'Fireball'. And you may have to look online for these - these are not the most common cultivars. Most mail order nurseries that specialize in Japanese maples do a great job with packing and shipping. Check the Garden Watchdog if you have any questions about a specific vendor.

You should be aware that zone 5 is considered borderline for these trees so you may want to start small and limit your investment just in case.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:28PM
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Keeping in mind that you will want a cold hardy maple, you should look at Acer Shirasawanum 'Kawai' (shirasawa maples may due a little better in colder Z5). This is a truly beautiful little plant. It does have the cut leaves similar to dissectum palmatums, but without the mounding habit. 'Johin' is another shirasawanum that does not have cut leaves; it may get a little bigger, but should still be under 10 feet at 10 years.

This post was edited by maple_grove on Thu, May 2, 13 at 12:57

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 12:43PM
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I love Twombly's Red Sentinel (upright tree starts out narrow but then widens), Rhode Island Red and I was just looking at a Shirasawanum called Red Dawn that was beautiful although I can't find accurate size predictions.
There are so many beautiful choices and mail order will give you a great variety (my fave is Topiary Gardens) but if you want to start with a larger size I recommend buying locally.
Be careful because once you see all the beautiful variations you can easily become hooked. I've bought 31 maples this season already!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 2:01PM
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