semi-Espalier JM?

spaceman13(6b)July 21, 2012

I got 2 japanese maples that I have in pots. They got some wind damage I want to put them in my small yard to hide a neighbors garage, (which is 6" from my property line) without losing any of my full sun flower beds.

I was thinking of planting them a foot or so from said building, removing any branches growing back towards that building. I don't plan on training the remaining branches, and my hope is that from my 2nd floor deck, where I enjoy the labors of my and my other neighbors flower garden, the trees would look like normal fully rounded trees.

Has any one ever done, or heard of anyone doing this?

Any opinions or tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Sara Malone Zone 9b

Yes I have done this with a 'Tamukeyama'. I purposely picked out a specimen that was slightly one-sided, removed a few branches on the 'back' side, and planted it up against a large window, not so close that the foliage is touching the glass. I have continued to prune it in this fashion, and I think it looks great. It is probably more like 18" away from the window than a foot. From the full side it looks pretty normal. From inside the house, the light comes through the foliage and is gorgeous.
One thing that you might want to consider is the orientation - if the trees are to the north, for example, they will get very little sun/maybe none. Mine is on a south-facing wall and is protected from late afternoon sun by a tree to the west. And remember, they are deciduous so they won't hid the garage much in winter...

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 3:46PM
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Spaceman, Ive done it as well.Form+foliage made a real good point about them not hiding much in winter months and having a tree that favors one side...even though you coud be creative and train the tree that way. I planted an acer palmatum 'butterfly' years ago about 20" from the house. It was a stick back then and now i walk under it with no problems and im a good 6'. I limbed mine to be able to walk under it but you dont have to. This tree has never touched the house and is a good 12' tall.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 6:05PM
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Heres a shot of the trunk...about 20" from house with no problems.Sorry for double reply.My computer skills are lacking

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 6:12PM
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F&F - They will be facing to the west and will get sun from about 10-11am till they are sahded by a hackberry tree at around 4pm.

I'm not so much worried about the winter view. I spend 3 seasons on the deck, and the winter hiding under 7 layers of blankets!

Nice pics Alley-cat. Mine will hopefully get to 15-18 feet, but not near as fast as I'd like!


    Bookmark   July 23, 2012 at 3:44PM
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