Japanese Maple

“Japanese Maple”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Yesterday, I wrote about the end of summer and how the garden reflects this.  One plant I forgot to mention is the Japanese Maple.  This little tree has been a very slow grower for me.  Even though it is still small it is one of the few trees that show any fall color.  We are too warm here for the trees that fire in brillant reds, yellows and oranges come autumn, but this tree does show nice color if it isn’t too dry. 



It really is getting too much sun since Hurriacane Katrina took out several tall pine trees that gave it afternoon shade.  It remains mostly green in the summer, but it is just starting to show some color.  If we continue to receive moisture, the leaves will stay on until fully red.


The time to transplant trees and shrubs down here is in the winter.  I think this is the year I will have to move this little guy to a shadier location.  Maybe by doing that, in a few years, there will be a bigger tree sporting more colorful leaves.


  1. Nancy Bond said,

    August 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Big or small, it’s a wonderful tree. 🙂

  2. Krys said,

    August 26, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    It’s interesting how different fall is “down south”. In Canada, we’re pretty used to brilliant fall colours — some trees north of Montréal are already starting to show signs of changing. We spent a year living in Palo Alto around 7 years ago — we arrived at the end of August and kept waiting for something colourful to happen with the deciduous trees. Instead, the leaves of whatever trees were prone to losing them in “winter” just turned brown and fell. That was definitely a novel experience for us.


  3. Jan said,

    August 27, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Yes, Nancy, it is a sweet, little tree.

    Krys, I really do love living in the South, but I do wish we had the gorgeous fall color that you all farther north enjoy. What you describe as your experience in Palo Alto is pretty much what we get here. Occasionally, if it is not too dry, the tallow trees will show some color around the end of November, but it is not the spectacular show that is common where you are.

  4. Tina Ramsey said,

    August 28, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Yes, I agree, a wonderful tree.

  5. Jan said,

    August 28, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks, Tina for stopping by.

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