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Villa Taranto Dwarf Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online
Villa Taranto Japanese Maple is a dwarf tree that is a reddish-green version of Koto no ito Japanese Maple. It grows well in full sun but prefers partial shade. Villa Taranto has fine string-like leaves.
About Your Villa Taranto Japanese Maple Tree
Japanese Maple Villa Taranto is a dwarf maple that has reddish green and cream variegated foliage. its the variegated version of our popular Koto no ito. It grows well in full sun to partial shade and has an upright vase shape, which is common for many Japanese Maples. Villa Taranto is in the linearilobum group of maples which means it has string-like leaves. When a leaf first emerges as new growth it is wider compared to older leaves on the tree. Each subsequent year a leaf emerging from the same leaf node gets skinnier and skinnier – so older leaves growing lower on the branches become really skinny until they are like thin strings.
|Mature Height:||5 to 6 feet|
|Mature Width:||4 to 5 feet|
|Sunlight:||Part to full sun|
|Habit:||Deciduous, densely branched|
|Foliage:||reddish green to cream variegated|
|Soil Condition:||Any well drained soil|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a focal point or a specimen planting, very slow growing|
How to Care for Villa Taranto Japanese Maple Tree
We suggest when planting your newly purchased Japanese Maple Villa Taranto plant that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Japanese Maple Kiyohime to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole.
History and introduction of the Japanese Maple in America:
Acer palmatum has been cultivated in Japan for centuries and in temperate areas around the world since the 1800s. The first specimen of the tree reached England in 1820. When Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg traveled in Japan late in the eighteenth century, he secreted out drawings of a small tree that would eventually become synonymous with the high art of oriental gardens. He gave it the species name palmatum after the hand-like shape of its leaves, similar to the centuries-old Japanese names kaede and momiji, references to the 'hands' of frogs and babies, respectively. For centuries Japanese horticulturalists have developed cultivars from maples found in Japan and nearby Korea and China. They are a popular choice for bonsai enthusiasts and have long been a subject in art. Numerous cultivars are currently available commercially and are a popular item at garden centers and other retail stores in Europe and North America. Red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. Preparations from the branches and leaves are used as a treatment in traditional Chinese medicine.