If there was a beauty pageant for deciduous trees then we would have no hesitation in handing the Maple the winner's crown. They are unequalled for beauty, grace and leaf colour and deserving of a special place in any planting scheme. The botanically correct name is Acer but they are more commonly known as Maple. Most varieties for sale in garden centres today originated from Japan where they are revered. There are also a few North American varieties and these tend have larger less dissected leaves.
Whilst I personally think Maples look fabulous even when they are naked they really come into their own when the new foliage emerges in spring and when they are showing off their autumn colour. Maples do have flowers which appear before the leaves however they are mostly inconspicuous. There are, as always, some exceptions such as Acer negundo and rubrum which have highly ornamental fringed tassels that attractively drape the bare branches.
Maples perform best in a sheltered spot with protection from harsh wind and hot afternoon sun. They don't like to dry out too much in summer and if it is particularly hot and dry extra mulch around the roots will be of benefit. Due to the conditions in my garden I grow a range of Maples in large pots very successfully, with regular watering and feeding they can stay in the same pot for several years. Japanese varieties especially "weepers" suit container planting best.
You may come across the terms high-work and low-work when shopping for a Maple. High-work simply means that the "head" or top of the Maple has been grafted at a height of 1m plus. All the new growth will start from that point. This system is of growing is usually used for weeping Maples. Low work means the opposite where the graft is at the bottom of the stem.
At Wairere we endeavour to have one of the best ranges of Maples available in all shapes and sizes from upright and bold to weeping and dainty. We're sure you will find one to please - however it is only fair to warn you that these trees are addictive and you'll find it hard to stop at 1!
Did you know that thousands of Maple trees grown in New Zealand are exported world wide even to Japan!
Japanese Maple. An award winning Maple with fresh green, wide, lobed leaves that emerge in spring set against smooth grey-brown bark. Stunning autumn colour prior to leaf fall. Tall upright habit. Plant in a sheltered spot in deep cool soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
This Maple has pretty little drooping sprays of 'flowers' known as corymbs just before the leaves emerge.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m
Known for it's transition of colour from greens to reds as winter progresses. As soon as the temperatures begin to drop the bark begins to change colour to yellow at the trunk, the colder it gets the further up through the branching the colour moves from pale yellow through orange to intense red at the tips. Lovely upright open form. Sheltered position. Deciduous
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3.5m
Japanese Maple. This is a beautiful Maple that is definitely a favourite of mine. The dainty, new spring leaves emerge pale yellow with hints of orange and red before slowly turning green over summer. In autumn the yellow and orange tones are once again to the fore prior to leaf fall. Lovely.
Acer 'Katsura' will do best in a sheltered position with protection from harsh wind and hot afternoon sun.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
This Japanese Maple has feathery foliage that emerges burgundy red in the spring and is known for holding its red colour right through the summer taking on a vibrant crimson red in autumn. Rightfully named, Acer Lace Lady, the foliage is deeply dissected and forms an attractive loose crown. Deciduous
Japanese Maple. What a special little tree this is with an outstanding structure and interesting over-lapping foliage. The new leaves emerge a light green maturing to fresh bright green. A lovely Maple for smaller gardens or a container. Plant in a sheltered spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
An attractive little Japanese Maple with a wide upright habit growing as wide as it is high. Chocolate-brown leaves in spring turning bronze-green in summer then orange autumn tones. Perfect for a sheltered spot in small gardens. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m
Moonfire hold it's colour in shade better than other red leaf cultivars. Tolerates full sun maintaining it's colour in hot summers. The foliage emerges dark purple in spring and turns red as summer nears, except in shade where the colour remains purple. It's leaves look stunning when lit from below. Autumn colour is fiery red. Deciduous
Deeply dissected leaves of a wonderfull mossy-gold colour in spring, picking up greener tinges in summer and oranges and reds in autumn. Lovely red stems contrast with the gold foliage. Grow in a sheltered spot in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.
Habit: Cascading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm
If you want a really special feature tree then this could be the Maple for you. The large 5 lobed leaves are in tones of crimson to dark purple. Forms an upright tree with a rounded head. Will grow in sun or semi-shade as long as sheltered from strong winds. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m