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What about Japanese maples? Love 'em or hate 'em?

Posted by acer 6b western NC (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 13, 12 at 12:39

I'm a big fan of native trees, but I'll admit there's a few exotics to my area (western NC) that I also like. Namely: Dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), Norway spruce (Picea abies), and Japanese maple. Unfortunately I found out that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has Norway spruce on their list of troublesome exotics. That's a shame because I considered them a good substitute for the troubled Canadian hemlock, but that's another story...

Anyway, I found a great deal on a pretty, green-leafed Japanese maple and planted it beside our front gate last year. Now I've become more conscious of landscaping with natives, and I'm feeling a bit of regret. What's the general consensus for J. maples among native plant fans? I used to think they were something special but lately I've been seeing them for sale everywhere. Just wondering ... that tree is still small enough to move.

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RE: What about Japanese maples? Love 'em or hate 'em?

I heard a botanist from Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA state that he believes Acer palmatum will become an invasive. I used to see large colonies of them in PA where the area was wild and not mowed and a parent plant was not very far away across the road.
I have one Japanese maple here and will keep an eye on any seedlings.

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