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Japanese Maples

Prized for its beauty, the Japanese maple is amazingly hearty and versatile and is one tree every dad should have in his landscape. There are hundreds of varieties of Japanese maples from the cascading dwarf or semi dwarf shrubs to the 30-foot version of this stately tree. With and endless assortment of leaf and color options, there’s truly a Japanese maple for every taste and space! Select from these varieties and many more and help make dad’s day ‘tree’mendous! And, did we mention that all three and five gallon Japanese maples are 50% off June 15 through June 21.

Sango kaku - this upright, deciduous tree has brilliant crimson-colored bark on younger wood making it a phenomenal accent in the winter garden. New leaves emerge bright green with soft red edges that soften into summer. Fall color includes golden yellow, apricot and light red. Sango kaku means "coral tower" in Japanese. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 10' tall x 4' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.

Bihou - small, upright deciduous tree with tiny yellow-green leaves. Fall color is yellow to orange. Bark on twigs and branches turns a vivid coral yellow with an orange overcast in winter. The Japanese name means "beautiful mountain range." Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 7' tall x 3' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -10 degrees.

Seiryu – a vigorous deciduous tree eventually forming a broad canopy. Bright green, dissected leaves provide a wonderful texture. Fall color is strong orange. Name means "blue-green dragon" in Japanese. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 10' tall x 6' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA
zone 5.

Bloodgood - a medium-growing, broad, deciduous tree popular for its strong deep-red foliage, which holds through summer. Fall color in vivid hues of crimson. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 12' tall x 8' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees.

Ryu sei – a cascading deciduous tree with small green leaves. If grown naturally, it will become a groundcover. If staked, it will form a narrow weeping column. The Japanese name means "falling star." Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. If staked, 8' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.

Waterfall - a deciduous, compact, mounded weeping dissectum. In spring, large bright green leaves "cascade" to ground if left in natural form. Fall color has hues of yellow-gold with crimson. Stake for height. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 4' tall x 5' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -20 degrees. USDA
zone 5.