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Japanese Maples: Any suggestions on JM purchase??

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #7889977

Hello all you experts,

I live in CT, zone 6, have a shady / part shade area (couple hours of afternoon sun) that I would like to put a dwarf JM (I think dwarf). I don't know anything about them at all. My mother has one that is about 4' tall and just as wide. Looks like a big bonsai tree. BEAUTIFUL! I would like something that only gets at most 5-6" tall, and just as wide, could be smaller. I never realized that they come in colors other then red or green until I started looking around the web today. So if I can get something super unique that has colors from red to orange to yellow... Also, nothing that is too difficult for me to manage. Unless it is a regular maintenance thing that I can get used to. I am not a plant dummy, just need to be told exactly what to do so I can learn.

I came across a sell at ebay who is selling a really cool one, but thought I should ask all my friends at DG before I get something I don't know anything about. I emailed the seller and asked if this particular plant would do well in CT, waiting for his reply. Looking forward to yours.

Thanks for any of your suggestions!
Kristen

Included is a photo of where I will put it. Taken at 8 AM.

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blupit007
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 15, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #7889981

Here is the link for the JM on ebay that I found

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120581313774&fromMakeTrack=true
wha
Pepperell, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
6:14 AM

Post #7890071

hi kristen - i would not recommend an ebay tree purchase - personally i order mine (over 60) from local nurseries and reputable on line nursuries and i prefer to get larger trees that are not that much more considering the size difference - orange dream is a nice tree, mine has never looked like that photo although maybe this fall it will as last year was the first year.

i think you would want more sun for an orange dream.

check out these stores and call and ask for recommendations;
http://www.davidsansjapanesemaples.com/
http://www.topiary-gardens.com/
http://www.davesnursery.com/
Davidsan
Springfield, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2010
6:55 AM

Post #7890158

A couple thoughts I know that person and she is a good person and will not screw you she runs a small nursery and is reliable.. but Bill is correct .. that is a heavily photo shopped photo ..unless you are doing allot of acid yours won't look like that ;>). Orange dream actually do fine in shade but the conundrum with all of these orange/ gold trees like OD and the Ueno's is that they look best in sun, but burn .. I just live with the burn and put them in sun .. they still look nice in some shade ... deep shade is like buying a down coat for Florida .. just a waist of $$ .. Two other things .. one is whether it is grafted .. if not you are not actually buying an orange dream need to check that . Two... hgt means very little ...it could be a one year graft which can be just a whip with a few short branches or none and be that tall from being juiced up with fertilizer like most west coast nurseries do. I also suggest anyone buying a young tree in the north keep it containerized for one year so if you want to plant out Bills advise on a larger tree is apropos. Lastly you are buying a tree that will take a week to get to you in hot weather .. buying a bit closer or locally buy might be food for thought.

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