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May 19, 2008
5:03 PM

Post #4974086

Thank you for your informative article. I would love to plant a smaller weeping maple along a north-facing fence. Unfortunately the bed receives no direct sun. There is, however, much ambient light. Is this possible? I live in the Fraser Valley, BC.
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

May 25, 2008
11:33 PM

Post #5002566

I would stick to the green-leaved types..they are the most shade tolerant of all the cultivars.
United States

March 17, 2009
1:51 PM

Post #6279883

I have questions about pruning. I just purchased a weeping palmatum dissectum "viridis" from a local nursery. It's about 3.5 ft. tall. It is just beginning to form its buds for spring blooming. I know that the beauty of these lie in their lacy foliage and layered appearance as they "weep" in their downward angle. I've already noticed that there are a number of branches that overlap and would like to know a few pruning tips:
when is the best time to prune? Since it's newly planted, should I just wait to see its development this first year while it acclimates to its new soil bed (that's my gut instinct).

Thanks, Jim
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)

March 17, 2009
3:00 PM

Post #6280173

I think I would wait for the plant to get established before pruning. In any case, the best time to prune is after the initial flush is finished. Spring pruing may lead to excess bleeding.
United States

April 21, 2009
3:37 PM

Post #6442262

Gotcha, thanks Todd. That is what I felt I should do. I needed an expert to confirm it. I appreciate it.

All the best!


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