Couple things you should know about a tree like this.
- A Laceleaf Weeping Japanese maple this size has a retail value of around $2,000. Seriously.
- In Our Members Area you can buy rare Japanese maples like this and so many other varieties for as little as $12 or $15. Small ones of course, but still amazing deals.
There’s a really interesting story behind this tree. Years ago I gave this tree to my next door neighbor. It was a little, scrawny looking thing with but a handful of leaves. I told her that I wasn’t sure that it would survive.
Look at it now. Last summer Millie celebrated her 90th birthday and a ton of people stopped by to wish her well. As I was leaving I gave her a big hug and said; “Give me a hug before I get all sweaty digging up that Japanese maple I gave you.” She told me to keep my hands off of her Japanese maple!
Of course she just loves this tree. It truly is a beauty!
Most Japanese maples do well in zones 5 through 8. There are some varieties that do well in warmer zones and some might survive in zone 4. It just depends. A couple of years ago we were down to minus 22 F. here in northern Ohio and this tree did just fine.
Questions, comments, mean things to say? Post them below and I will respond.
Hi Mike! So beautiful!! I’m wondering why the snail mail address (bottom of your email) says you’re here in south TX. If so, would that Japanese maple tree grow down here? Thought you’re in OH. Been following you forever. Learn so much! We’ve taken lots of your tips for our gardening over the years. Muchas Gracias!
I’m in Ohio, Duston is in Texas, that’s his business address. In your climate that tree would need a lot of shade and dormancy period.
Debra Ann Spence says
Mike that is absolutely beautiful. My daughter has a Japanese Maple. I’m not sure what variety it is but it’s thriving and beautiful. I wish I had a place for one. Living in town has limited us with a small yard. And my backyard is filled with a beautiful pool and my garden for food and my flowers.
I do have a question. I have grown an avocado from seed I got and wondering will I ever get fruit from it. I so love avocados. We had plenty when we lived in Florida. Was wonderful to have fresh fruits from trees.
Thank you so much for taking the time to give us advice and sharing your beautiful landscaping. 😍 Love your pets ❤️
Go’s bless you Mike.
I really can’t say for sure about the avocados, but I’m thinking it will eventually fruit. Some plants when grown from seed take longer to start producing.
eowana jordan says
I love these trees.. have one just like it.. but I trim it up so you can see the trunk. I like it that way. Otherwise, like one reader said, ” It looks like a bush”.. You need to see the trunk to get the beauty of the tree I think.
Joan E. Landers says
Your laceleaf Japanese maple Is beautiful, but I do not need any more trees on my property as my aunt over the course of at least 60 years, planted 33 different kinds of trees. Most have survived the years, although some came came down in hurricanes or were taken down because of multiple branch breakage. In addition to the originals, some of my trees have grown either by seed spread by the wind or thru help of nut planting by my “helpful” squirrels. Other trees, at least four that I can think of, came into being on this property from either seeds coming in wind or being dropped by birds flying overhead. So thanks, but no thanks. Enjoy your articles and photos.
roy cothran says
have you ever sold a tree for $2,000?
I haven’t because I’m not in that market, but I’ve seen them for sale at that price.
Amy Williams says
I have a weeping one, do I need to trim any limbs or just let it go however it wants?
The more you trim it the fuller it will be. They need some pruning to look really nice.
We live in Zone 9 and Japanese maples thrive here.
Sue Avery says
I have one of those and it is very slow growing. But it is beautiful
I meant to say lace leaf.
Hi Mike, I’m new to your page and I like what I see. I have a laceless Japanese Maple, but there are also green broad leaves coming from the SAME TREE. I usually cut them back to achieve the typical lace look. Have you ever heard of this before?
Those green leaves are coming from below the graft union and should be removed all the way back to the main stem of the tree.
Kristi Landenberger says
We purchased a young laceleaf maple from a nursery and the graft looks a bit unstable from a storm that went through last night. Can I do anything to stabilize the graft? Thank you in advance.
About all you can do is wrap the graft tightly with tape and remove the tape in a few months.
We purchased a small laceleaf 3 years ago and the 2018/2019 winter killed about half of the tree. I didn’t want to touch it last year in case it wasn’t as damaged as it turned out to be. I’m not sure what to do. It is (was) a stunning tree. If I cut out the branches that are dead, it will be sticking out oddly away from the house. I’m worried about digging it up and moving it. We’re zone 6a
I’d just remove the dead branches then trim it up a bit for balance. It’s likely to fill in nicely, but it will take two to three years.
Cheryl Fraunhofer says
Wow, Mike, that is a gorgeous tree! Does your neighbor let you take cuttings from it to propagate? I love what you do. Thanks for your emails and videos..
She would be Japanese maples are grafted, not rooted from cuttings and I no longer do any of my own grafting.
Mike I read an article about rooting crimson queen cuttings in equal parts of peat moss, coarse sand and perlite. Is that possible? I live in HOT humid GA zone 8. I love your videos by the way. I wish I would have discovered them sooner!!
???? Probably not possible. Some Japanese maples can be rooted as a cutting but usually even those that do root eventually fail. That’s why Japanese maples are grafted onto a tree grown from seed.
Deborah Libby says
Love this, Mike, great story!
Sure wish I could grow that here in zone 10 but that’s not happening. I had that exact tree when I lived in Ohio and cherished it more than all our other plantings. When we moved, the new owners didn’t like it and cut it down! Who does that?
Amazingly I’ve seen that happen way too many times.
Chuck Bronson says
Looks more like a bush than a tree. How tall do they get?
Chuck it’s a tree, but being a weeping tree they don’t know how to grow tall. You have to train them to get any height out of them at all.
Michael Kashmark says
How are these with rabbits and deer? The rabbits destroyed my burning bush this winter. Live in Minneapolis area.
Rabbit and deer love burning bush, I don’t think I’ve seen either eat Japanese maple.
Jim Wilson says
On a different topic, I have a serious infestation of Aspen tree runners or sucker starts coming up everywhere. Little did we know that planting 3 small aspens years ago would create such an invasive mess.
Do you have a recipe to kill off the new sprouts and eliminate this annual mess of new growth?
I really don’t. Me? I’d remove the trees and use a stump grinder to get rid of all of those runners. Or spray them.
james kisiel says
mike – which one of our members have some to sell? jim
We have probably 6 members that now sell small Japanese maples, really rare ones. But I can’t disclose their info here but would be happy to in the members area.
Mark Armentrout says
My father passed away 5 years ago and at the time of his death my coworkers gave me a 3 or 4 year old tree like this one (burgundy lace leaf maple). I moved to a new house and was going to transplant the tree but I have decided not to try that in fear it may die. I want to try to root as many clippings as I can from the tree this spring. I live in southwest Virginia. Any advice you can offer would be appreciated I have watched your videos and I may try the white trash bag and plastic tub method you posted a video about. You suggested June as a good time frame. Once they have rooted when should or could I plant in the ground? or should I wait till next year to plant? thanks in advance
Japanese maples are extremely difficult to root. Generic varieties are grown from seed, named varieties are grafted onto those seedlings. You can try and root them, and it can be done, but very few people have any success trying to root them. Especially the dissectum varieties like Crimson Queen. If they tree has not yet leafed out it could be safely moved. If it has leafed out digging it will likely kill it. see this; https://mikesbackyardnursery.com/2015/11/moving-a-large-laceleaf-weeping-japanese-maple-tree/
Becky S. says
Looking at that Waterfall, I’m pretty convinced I know of one in my area – I relieved it of the last half-dozen seeds clinging to its branches late last fall, and attempted to grow them over winter. No sign of sprouts yet, though – they were probably too old and dried-out. The red-leaf seeds I collected under four different trees in town last fall, I kept in the fridge in a bag of moist potting soil. They have sprouted 209 seedlings, which are now planted about an inch apart in plastic tubs of rich potting soil, and they’re doing GREAT!
You are my inspiration, Mike! Now I want one of those AM Leonard spades!!!
A good spade is your best friend.
You might try air layering; it might work for your purposes.
Have you ever tried using indole butyric acid as root stimulating? It has been successfully used in many woody species. Hartman and Kester’s book could provide some advice.
Try a process called air layering. You can do multiple air layers on the same tree. Many videos on YouTube of how it’s done