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Monday, February 21, 2011

Day 142 - The Glory of Coral Bark Maple

Coral Bark Japanese Maple -Acer palmatum 'Sangokaku', hardy in zones 5-8, offer a good portion of the country a highly underused container plant. I use them often in my winter container plantings and come spring, move them from the planter into the ground in some landscape design. The impact that they give against a light colored wall is striking. This planting is cushioned in with miniature boxwoods, layered with yellow pansies and winter creeper -Euonymus fortunei 'Coloratus'. Properly watered and given a bi-annual feeding of compost tea or Espoma Plant Food, you could easily keep this in a container for several years, only changing out the pansies in the spring to a summer annual like calibrachoa. Coral bark maples like partial shade so protect them from afternoon sun.

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At February 22, 2011 at 7:24 AM , Blogger The Redneck Rosarian said...

This container really caught my eye. Awesome idea!

At February 23, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Blogger barbara wise said...

Hey Chris! This would work great in Birmingham. Thanks for stopping by the blog :)


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