Japanese Maple Trees In Containers: What Are They?
Contrary to popular belief, Japanese maples are not native to North America. The first ones were planted in Japan around the 17th century. Since then they have been cultivated throughout Asia and Europe. These trees are called “maples” because they look like miniature pine trees with leaves and needles similar to those of a pine tree. However, unlike pine trees, these maples do not produce cones or nuts. Instead they grow from seedlings which develop into mature trees after several years of growth.
The most common type of Japanese maple used for lumber is the red variety (Acer rubrum). Other varieties include white and yellow varieties. Red Japanese maples are grown mainly in Japan while other types are grown primarily in China and Korea. Yellow maples are commonly found in North America where they make excellent ornamental specimens. White maples are grown in many parts of the world including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Russia.
Japanese Maple Trees In Containers: How Do They Grow?
Maples need light to survive so they grow in containers. A typical Japanese maple tree will typically reach a height of 10 feet (3 m) when fully grown. Each year the trunk grows another two or three inches (5 cm) but the overall size remains constant. The root system remains in the container so no matter how large the trunk gets, it is still contained in the pot.
The care of a Japanese maple tree is easy because it grows slowly and doesn’t require much fertilizer or water. These trees perform best when grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 and higher. They are grown using the container method, which is where the roots are kept in a pot. The container keeps the roots from growing too large. This means that the tree can be grown almost anywhere.
It is a popular landscape feature in both commercial and residential areas.
It is important to keep maples free of bugs and diseases because they are very susceptible to them. . The tree should be placed in a sunny location with at least four hours of sunlight each day. This means that it should not be placed near any windows or walls. If it is placed near a window, the blinds should be opened so that the sunlight enters the room.
It is also important to place the tree at a high enough level so that the sun’s rays can reach all parts of the plant when it is fully grown.
It is common for japanese maple trees to lose all their leaves before they regrow new ones. This happens each year when they are moved outside during the spring and then brought inside before the first frost. This trimming process is referred to as defoliation. Each leaf that grows on the tree has a specific purpose. Some turn sunlight into nutrients while others collect water and nutrients.
Still other leaves are used to regulate growth and produce hormones that promote new cell growth. When a tree loses all its leaves, it goes into overdrive to grow larger and stronger than the year before. The larger the tree gets, the more leaves it needs in order to continue this cycle. After each leaf trimming, the tree has a set number of leaves it can support. When this maximum capacity is reached, the leaves turn yellow and fall from the tree naturally.
Cutting the tree’s roots prevents it from taking in any water. This means that the tree must be watered artificially. It is important to water every leaf on the tree so that none of them are deprived of water.
Sources & references used in this article:
Leaf color retention, dark respiration, and growth of red-leafed Japanese maples under high night temperatures by DL Deal, JC Raulston, LE Hinesley – Journal of the American …, 1990 – journals.ashs.org
Growth of container-grown pin oak and Japanese maple as influenced by sulfur and sulfated micronutrients by P Gregory, JD Vertrees – 2010 – Timber Press
Growth response of container-grown pin oak and Japanese maple seedlings to sulfur fertilization by JF Browder, AX Niemiera, JR Harris, RD Wright – HortScience, 2005 – journals.ashs.org
Sulfur requirements of container-grown pin oak and Japanese maple by JF Browder, AX Niemiera, JR Harris, RD Wright – Hortscience, 2005 – journals.ashs.org