Japanese Maple root system question
I know that maple trees tend to have large, problematic, surface root systems. Is the same true for a Japanese Maple?
I want a pretty small tree for the center of an island garden bed, but something too big will create too much shade. So I am looking at Japanese Maples for a combination of their smaller size and beauty. But of course if they have surface roots that will choke out other shrubs and perennials, then that is no good.