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Growing Japanese Maples

Orange leaves on a Japanese maple tree branch

With their colorful foliage and shapely branching, Japanese maples have probably caught your eye at some point. Their delicate, lacy leaves might make you think they’re difficult to grow—but they’re not! 

Across the board, Japanese maples are guaranteed to add stunning fall color to your garden.

In this segment of In the Garden, Mark Weathington of NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum shows us how easy it is to care for Japanese maples in your own landscape. 

Whether a red leaf or green leaf species, most Japanese maples tolerate part shade. They also do well in full sun as long as they get enough water. And with some simple pruning in winter, it’s easy to sculpt them to bring interest to your garden.

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