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Autumn Moon Dwarf Japanese Maple Trees for Sale Online
Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees are an outstanding small tree for city gardens with limited space. New growth begins in the spring yellow to burnt orange, with tones ranging from orange, salmon, and chartreuse for the remainder of the season. The exceptional fall foliage displays varying colors of gold to red.
Autumn Moon's unique coloring appears best when grown in full sun. Enjoy its long-lasting foliage when it first emerges in spring until its fall foliage. This broadleaf multi-color tree grows well in Zones 5 to 8 and reaches heights up to 15 feet tall.
Native to Japan, Autumn Moon Japanese Maple is pest and disease resistant. If you're new to gardening, you'll be happy to hear that this tree doesn't require frequent pruning. This rare Japanese Maple is sure to grab anyone's attention when placed in your lawn or garden!
|Mature Height:||12 to 15 Feet|
|Mature Width:||8 to 10 Feet|
|Sunlight:||Sun to shade|
|Habit:||Deciduous, densely branched|
|Foliage:||Yellow with orange red margins|
|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 Autumn Moon Japanese Maple
Once you buy a Autumn Moon Japanese Maple tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.
How Do I Water Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees?
After backfilling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost, give the Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks.
How Do I Mulch Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees?
We highly recommend that you mulch your Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they break down. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. It's better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.
How Do I Fertilize Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees?
Feeding your Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees is probably the single most forgotten part of growing healthy long lasting plants. When first planting we recommend Bio-tone by Espoma. Maintaining a constant low level of fertility will keep your trees healthy throughout the year. Avoid using high Nitrogen lawn fertilizer on Japanese maples.
Japanese maples look best and develop thicker stems when allowed to grow at a slower speed. We recommend using a slow or controlled release type fertilizer. When using a slow-release pellet-type fertilizer, it is best to bore holes about 6 inches deep into the soil about half way between the main trunk and the drip line of the branches. Do not liquid feed in late fall or early spring. Liquid fertilizers encourage Japanese maples to grow instantly, and this is not recommended as early freezes in fall and late freezes in spring will cause damage or kill your tree. We recommend Espoma Tree-tone as a balanced organic fertilizer.
How Do I Prune Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees?
It is best to prune Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees in the late spring or early summer when temperatures are below 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Autumn Moon Japanese Maple Trees are not especially particular as to when they are pruned; however, spring is generally not a good time as new growth and sap are beginning to develop. Winter and summer are commonly accepted as good times to prune. The winter is probably the best time as it is easy to see the branches and growing structure of the tree. Summer, on the other hand, allows for a more accurate gauge of which branches need to be thinned.
Pruning the upright Japanese maple involves four main steps. The first is to prune off lower limbs that crowd other low-growing shrubs or possibly impede a walkway. Next, prune off dead wood — that is, any dead twigs or brittle branches that no longer grow foliage. The third step is to separate the tree into layers. Remove branches that intrude into the layers above and below them. The final step is to evenly thin the branches. Remove some small lateral branches and keep others for an overall thinned out look. The ideal appearance is to have fewer branches that fill all the empty spaces.