What's under and/or around your Japanese maple? Pictures?

hovegator(z9 NorCal)October 19, 2006

I'll bet this has been asked, but when i did a search i came up with a million threads that didn't help.

I have decided that a Japanese maple (variety to be decided) would look good in a corner of my yard. What shorter plants would look good and thrive under or around it? I am going for a natural, but manicured look that will be easy to maintain. Already walked miles round my neigborhood looking for examples, but all the yards are covered with old junipers of every size, shape, and condition!!!

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pittisporum "taiba"....the dwarf mounding shrub that is light green, or maybe chartreuse is a better description of the foliage color. I may have misspelled the variety name.

These pittisporums need very little pruning to maintain their shape. Easy to grow in northern CA. Make nice mounds 1 to 2 feet tall. Spread nicely too.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 2:05PM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

You didn't mention what type of japanese maple. I'm assuming the weeping lace leaf varieties. It that's the case I don't plant anything under them but mulch. the reson for this is the require pruning and the best way is to lie on your back and prune from the bottom up and inside, resulting in a thin umbrella. That way you can see the trunk better even in summer. Just prune out the branches that are going to be superceded anyway by the natural overlapping growth of the branches.

If however, you are going to have upright Japanese Maples, you can plant almost anything that will grow in your area.
Here's what I did by my driveway,""

    Bookmark   October 31, 2006 at 8:17AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Here's another shot of some maples in the garden.

Here is a link that might be useful: Maples in the garden

    Bookmark   November 3, 2006 at 12:10AM
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Miss_Kitty(6a KY)

stunningly beautiful!

    Bookmark   November 4, 2006 at 2:10PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)


The pittosporum is likely P. tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2006 at 2:35PM
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Just some old photos many folks here might have seen over the years of my garden. Got tons of perennials for free and grew some from seed until I incorporated conifers and Azaleas, ect.


Shade area that's still the same:
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium' a few years old (photo):

'Seiryu' a few year old photo or thereabout:

'Acontifolium' older photo yet (Full Sun):

'Acontifolium' when perennials blooming still full sun:


    Bookmark   November 5, 2006 at 7:12AM
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botann(z8 SEof Seattle)

Nice Dax! I like the full look of the A japonicum 'Acontifolium'. I was surprised how fast mine grew. It got too big to move before I knew it and now I have to prune to keep it out of the driveway so trucks can get by. It's as thin as a plate. lol

    Bookmark   November 6, 2006 at 12:07PM
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