Thursday, April 12, 2007

Why are Japanese Maples Grafted?

We are constantly asked the question, why do you have to graft Japanese maple trees? Why don't you grow them from seed? First and foremost all of the trees we sell are grafted so that you know exactly what you are getting. If you grow a Japanese maple from seed many times you never know what is going to sprout out of the ground. Grafting is by far the most popular method used to propagate hybrid varieties of Japanese maple trees. There are several other reasons why grafting is preferred to propagate these outstanding trees.

First, grafting assures that the variety you are propagating, will be exactly the same as the parent plant. If when you are grafting, you use scion wood from an outstanding parent plant, you will propagate a new Japanese maple tree with the same outstanding characteristics. Secondly, grafting to rootstock (Acer Palmatum) that exhibits cold hardiness or extreme strength and vigor makes the plant more adaptable to various climates and conditions. Lastly, once one becomes an experienced or accomplished grafter he/she will have a good percentage of successful grafts. This is extremely important for nurseries who want to keep the cost of production low. If you have any questions regarding Japanese Maple Trees after ready this article please visit us at


Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Japanese Maple Trees that are Heat Tolerant

Pacific Coast Maples specializes in Japanese maples that do well in hot climates. Our number one criteria for selecting our 25 species was heat tolerance followed by color, structure, strength, cold tolerance, and overall beauty. With that said please remember that although many Japanese maples do well in full Sun, it is strongly recommended that you place your tree in a location where the tree will receive morning Sun and afternoon shade. Although all of our Japanese maples are heat resistant the Japanese maples listed below are what we consider to be the most heat resistant in the following categories: Palmates, Lace-Leaf Dissectums, Dwarfs, and Miscellaneous Varieties. If you have any questions regarding Japanese Maple Trees after ready this article please visit us at

Heat Tolerant Japanese Maples (#1 for example, means the most heat tolerant maples within that category type)

Palmates- 1.Trompenburg 2.Glowing Embers 3.Emperor I 4.Chishio Improved 5.Sango Kaku

Lace-Leaf Dissectums- 1.Seiryu 2.Tamukeyama 3.Crimson Queen 4.Orangeola 5.(Tie) Inaba Shidare & Red Dragon

- 1.Kamagata 2.Aratama 3.Shaina 4.Sharp's Pygmy 5.Mikawa Yatsubusa

Miscellaneous Varieties- 1.Shishigashira 2.Palmatifolium 3.Aconitifolium 4.Autumn Moon


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Where should I place my Japanese maple tree?

We've have spent endless hours evaluating more than 400 species of Japanese maples in the areas of color, size, structure, durability, vigor, heat and cold tolerance, as well as overall beauty, to compile a list of the very best 20-25 Japanese maple cultivars in the world today. We specialize in heat resistant maples because most all Japanese maples are somewhat prone to sunburn and stress in high heat conditions.

It is important to understand that Japanese maple due fine in hot temperatures, but don't do well in direct sunlight after the middle of the day. Although ‘Glowing Embers’, ‘Fireglow’, ‘Emperor I’, and many other cultivars do well in full sun. It is recommended that you plant your maple in a place that does not receive direct sunlight after twelve noon, especially if your summers have temperatures reaching above 100 degrees more than five days each year. Although most of the Japanese maples we’ve selected are very hardy, vigorous growers, Japanese maples in general are not as durable as those old Oak trees most of us grew up with.

The North and East sides of the house are ideal locations for Japanese maples. Many cultivars do not grow taller than eight feet so it is easy to find a tree that will fit nicely in a corner next to the house, underneath a window or eve, or beneath a medium to large shade tree. Japanese maples do well when carefully pruned so many varieties can be planted within 3 to 4 feet from the house or garage. If you have any questions regarding Japanese Maple Trees after ready this article please visit us at