Japanese maple: the tree of elegance



A particularly popular tree in the gardens of the dwellings is Japanese Maple, a deciduous tree originating in Asia. It has a different bearing depending on the species that can be shrubby or assume the size of a real tree. Its characteristic that makes it so appreciated by gardeners and anyone with a garden is the coloring of the leaves that can vary from a bright red, liver color or may even have white blemishes. Extraordinary, in fact, is its presence especially in the autumn when it expresses all the magnificence of the palm tree foliage that, falling down, makes a carpet worthy of note. It is also used in public parks due to its resistance to smog and the ability to grow without requiring special care.

Methods  for cultivation


The cultivation of the Japanese maple is quite simple also thanks to the development of its structure. It can be housed in a large vessel, preferably dwarf varieties, and in the ground because it effectively tolerates frosts and stormy winters. Growth is variable, on average a maple plant grows between 2 and 5 meters depending on the space in which it can expand. The soil in which it is planted must be soft and light, rich in organic matter and with a pH that is acidic because it can not be used in an alkaline or calcareous substrate. Irrigation should not be frequent but it is best to avoid the soil drying, especially to avoid damaging young plants. For the oldest acarias placed in the ground will not be necessary since all the nutrients are found in the roots. If it is placed in a jar, during the winter season, care must be taken that the soil does not dry when wetted occasionally. Avoid water stagnations, which are very dangerous to the health of the plant as they cause marrow and then death. For this reason, Maple should be planted in a humid but not wet area, preferably in a slight descent to favor the flow of water. It likes half-shade, so you must avoid exposing it to the sun, and also avoid the air currents and suction areas that can ruin the growth and its expansion .

Curiosity about Japanese maple


In the plant symbolism, Japanese Maple is, of course, one of the plants that recalls the Japanese nation, in fact, it is a very common symbol. The importance given to this tree is similar to that of cherries, particularly dear to the Japanese population. Maple symbolizes elegance and grace so much that it has often been decanted in countless poems by the writers of the rising sun. Numerous are pictorial representations, specifically the traditional prints on paper or wood. Finally, this plant is one of the favorite essences in the creation of bonsai, or miniature trees that are grown in small pottery vessels. For this reason, the smaller and aesthetically pleasing species are chosen for the intense color of their foliage. One type of this technique involves truncation of the stem in the longitudinal direction or growth of the young seedlings on a rock for years until it is firmly attached to the underlying material.


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