Laceleaf Japanese Maples
Where to Plant
When positioning the Laceleaf Japanese Maple in your landscape, make sure that the tree has adequate space to grow.
Make sure that you plant it well away from structures, walls, and or other substantial vegetation. While they are
slow growing, you do not want them to be crowded, or do the crowding in the
Set your tree as the focal point in your yard. Let its
beauty stand out from its surroundings.
Make sure you plant in an area that is well protected from the
wind, as the leaves and branches of the laceleaf maple are very delicate and prone to breakage in adverse
Be aware that if a tree is planted in a sun exposed area close to a
wall or home siding, the reflection may cause foliage to burn during the summer
Container planting will allow you to move the plants around during the
year in order to accent your deck or yard according to the color of the
Full sun to partial shade is best, depending on the type of maple. Make sure to determine the
necessary sun exposure required for the variety of tree that you choose to plant. (see sun
Moist ground, but well drained, promotes healthy tree growth. Planting in mounded
areas also helps with drainage. (see soil specifications)
If you have to do heavy pruning to an established tree in order to make it fit into
a space, it is best to move the entire tree instead.
Planting Laceleaf Japanese Maples is best done during the winter and or early spring
before the leaves come back. Try not to transplant in the summer to avoid heat shock to your
Refrain from pruning newly transplanted Laceleaf Japanese Maples. Let them establish themselves, sometimes up
to two to three years. Use your best judgement.
The best time to transplant these delicate trees is from January
through March when the tree is dormant and before the leaves have reappeared in the
While Laceleaf Japanese Maple trees can be transplanted at other times
of the year as well, it is advisable to avoid transplanting in the summer. This could cause severe heat
* Make sure your hole is as deep
as the root ball, and twice as wide.
* Untangle and loosen the roots in the root ball.
Set the tree into the hole and make sure that the root ball is
even with the top of the hole.
* Fill in the
hole with a mixture of soil and compost, then pack down.
Form a raised ring around the outside of the hole area and water
(Tsugawa Nursery in Washington recommends Gardner & Bloome Soil Building
Compost or Acid Planting Mix, Peace of Mind Japanese Maple Fertilizer, and Bonide root N