How to grow maples
Morning sun or part shade. Protect from winds that scorch the leaves.
Prune when tree is beyond being a sapling to develop the shape you want. Do this in summer when sap won’t leak from the wounds.
Keep soil moist, especially during long, hot, dry spells.
Wait until their second growing season before feeding. Then apply controlled-release fertiliser pellets in late winter or spring.
Lots of it. It insulates the soil from weather extremes.
The various types of maple
Design tips for maples
- Use large trees as a standalone specimen.
- Plant clusters of smaller trees with different-coloured foliage – close enough so the colours mingle.
- Consider the exterior material of your home – red maples don’t stand out against a red brick wall, but a green-leafed maple will.
What: Gory’u Japanese Gardens and Maple Springs Nursery
Where: 85 Baaners Lane, Little Hartley, about 2 hours’ drive west of Sydney CBD.
When: Every day from 1 March to 30 May 2022.
Cost: Adults $20, seniors/ pensioners $15, children $10, under 10 free.
More info maplespringsnurseryandgardens.com.au.
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