Hello, I'm not sure what zone I would be in.... somewhere between 4b and 5a, but I am fascinated by japanese maples, and would like to include one in my yard, front and center! I have been looking, and am just overwhelmed with the number of "kinds" to choose from! I have a MOuntain Maples catalog here, but neither their website or Email is working at the moment, not sure if they went out of business or what! What are the root systems like? I had read that the roots grow more across than deep, and the root systems are pretty soft. When is the best time to plant them? If spring, could I keep one in a container through winter and plant in spring? I'm not sure what will work where I would want it, I'd want one that didn't get too big (maybe 6-7 feet?), I LOVE the weeping type, that grows up then out, and love the lace leafed varieties, but I'm not going to be too picky there. I LOVE reds and burgundys, I'm not sure if there are any that basically stay that way through most of the growing season, just changing to different hues of the same color... looking at the MOuntain Maples catalog. I LOVE the Lion Heart, but need to read more about it. If anyone can help me learn, it would be greatly appreciated! I am looking for sites now to read up on these beautiful trees, I am SO hoping I can safely plant one where I'm hoping to plant it!!
Thanks for any input!