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Japanese Maples: longevity of Coral Bark Maple in PacNW/Seattle

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Seattle, WA

April 15, 2009
4:42 AM

Post #6412228

Hi everyone - We've got a mostly-sunny, south-oriented side yard here in Seattle (Zone 8). It is a long but narrow side-yard (90' long by 15-20' wide) and we'd like to plant a vase-shaped, small to medium-height (up to 30') maple alongside the asian-style bamboo fence we've built for visual interest and a little privacy.

We like the look of Coral Bark and some similar maples but were told that Coral Bark Maples typically last only 5-10 years in our area, and we didn't want to invest in a tree and have to replace it in 5-10 years. Perhaps they don't like damp winters? Can anyone advise on good, vase-shaped ornamental maple candidates for the Seattle area?

Many thanks in advance (we're new to selecting trees :)) - Michael
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 19, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #6429699

HI Michael, Things have been quiet around here. The coral bark is certainly one that comes to mind when thinking of full sun and vase shaped. Does it need to be very narrow or can the tree have a head?
Seattle, WA

April 21, 2009
8:48 PM

Post #6443720

Hi doss - It needs to be narrow and vase-shaped. We went with a Coral Bark btw, after confirming with several sources that this variety typically does fine in our area.

Thanks - Michael
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6443974

Enjoy! Sango Kaku is a great cultivar. You'll enjoy it from the red bark to the new pale green foliage to the yellow fall color.

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