The Japanese Maple is a deciduous shrub or small tree reaching heights of 20 to 33 ft, rarely 52 ft, often growing as an understory plant in shady woodlands. It may have multiple trunks joining close to the ground. In habit, its canopy often takes on a dome-like form, especially when mature. The leaves are 4–12 cm (1 1⁄2–4 3⁄4 in) long and wide, palmately lobed with five, seven, or nine acutely pointed lobes. The flowers are produced in small cymes, the individual flowers with five red or purple sepals and five whitish petals. The fruit is a pair of winged samaras, each samara 2–3 cm (3⁄4–1 1⁄4 in) long with a 6–8 mm (1⁄4–5⁄16 in) seed. The seeds of Acer palmatum and similar species require stratification in order to germinate
Even in nature, Acer palmatum displays considerable genetic variation, with seedlings from the same parent tree typically showing differences in such traits as leaf size, shape, and color. Overall form of the tree can vary from upright to weeping.
A medium to large-sized billowy shrub that is 6-10 feet tall and as wide with aromatic soft needle-like leaves and small star-like pink flowers spring through the fall. The flowers are held at the ends of slender branches that move with the wind.
Larger and more upright than the white breath of heaven, Coleonema album. Best in full sun to part shade with regular watering although it can be surprisingly drought resistant once established. Avoid heavy soils unless on a slope and do not over water.
Novice and experienced gardeners alike love spirea bushes for their eye-catching beauty, fast growth rate, hardiness and ease of care. Spirea shrubs are deciduous shrubs that can be divided into two categories: spring blooming and summer blooming. The spring blooming spirea has a delicate cascading habit with large clusters of white flowers poised on arching branches. The summer blooming spirea bush boasts beautiful pink, white or red flowers atop upright branches. Both varieties are prized for their shape and flowers.
'Green Beauty’ is an excellent medium-sized cultivar that has deep green glossy foliage with little winter bronzing. It has a naturally rounded habit that will typically be slightly wider than tall. Its branching structure makes for a very strong plant that can withstand breakage from most moderate to heavy snowfalls. It is very durable and recovers quickly if a limb is broken or if radical pruning is necessary.
‘Green Beauty’ has become very popular due to its high tolerance to boxwood blight. Its durability and disease resistance are very good. We have planted it in locations where diseased English boxwood have died and it is thriving. Pruning as a young plant is a must to develop a good shape.
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