Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Autumn in December - Marvelous Maples

Although some parts of the world have met 
Old Man Winter head on, 
here in North Central Texas we are still relishing 
the colors of autumn.

Here are some photos of the Japanese Maples in my garden
in all their autumn glory.

'Orangeola,' 'Fireglow,' and 'Sango Kaku' 
'Sango Kaku' is a coral bark maple.  
A little sun and cooler temps turn the bark a striking red color in the winter 
giving year-round interest to this maple.


'Bloodgood' tends to "green out" a little in the summer, but brilliant red spring and fall color never disappoints.


'Inaba Shidare'

'Viridis' has varying shades of yellow, red, and orange.


'Orange Dream'


'Inaba Shidare'

'Orange Dream' should be renamed "Lime Dream" 
in the spring when its new leaves emerge a bright 
lime green color.


Green barked branches and trunk support 
the gorgeous red spring and fall color of this maple.


This maple holds its deep maroon color throughout the summer the best of all of the reds in my garden.


'Crimson Queen'

The red/orange fall foliage of 'Fire Dragon' Shantung Maple adds color to the front perennial beds as they are heading into dormancy.
 This maple frames the view out my living room window

 This maple frames the view of a sweet garden cherub

Last week as I stood in my garden 
admiring the fall color and watching the falling leaves,
I was inspired to put my thoughts to rhyme.   

Click here to read my poem :-)

I hope you enjoyed the autumn color...
in my December garden :-)

For a great website about Japanese Maples, 
visit Metro Maples.

Here is a list of all of the maples in my far.  If all goes well, tomorrow I will be bringing another maple home to add another touch of yellow/orange color.

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum):

Upright Reds:
'Burgundy Lace'
'Red Emperor'
'Shaina' (dwarf upright) (Spring 2011)

Upright Greens:
'Sango Kaku'
'Orange Dream'
'Mikawa Yatsabusa' (dwarf upright)
'Peaches & Cream' (December 2010)
'Koto No Ito' (December 2013)

Dissectum Reds:
'Crimson Queen' (died - summer 2013)
'Inaba Shidare'
'Red Select'
'Tamukeyama' (October 2011)

Dissectum Green:


  1. You do have a lot of Japanese Maples! They're beautiful and well placed to provide spectacular views!

  2. That has got to be the prettiest autumn garden I've ever seen! So many beautiful maple choices and so pleasingly arranged. I'm so jealous. We can't even grow Japanese Maples here.

  3. I did enjoy your Autumn color in December. We are all white here and I kinda miss all the color splash.

  4. I am so jealous! You have so many beautiful Japanese maples! I love the ones with orangey-red colors especially. I only have two tiny trees so far, but I'd love to add more in the future.

  5. Wow to the foliage color and that NICE flagstone path. I almost hope the mondo grass does not fill in, so it stays bunchy.

    Japanese Maple OK in high desert, w/ everything right - water, shade, but still scorches.

  6. @Garden Sense: Thanks for visiting :-) The trees are still fairly small, so I'm hoping as the trees grow the views will be even more spectacular!

    @Floridagirl: Wow, that's quite the compliment! Thanks so much!! I hope you're staying warm down there!

    @Gardenwalk: You may not have much color outside right now, but you've got some gorgeous stuff going on inside!!

    @Jennifer: I started out with just a few, too, but keep adding as I keep expanding the garden space. There's always more room for a maple :-)

    @DesertDweller: We have some tip burning issues here, too, if they get any sun or too long of a dry spell. Not perfect, but I'll take what I can get to have this kind of fall color! I'm very pleased with the flagstone path, too. I'm looking forward to finishing the landscaping around the path, though, so it blends into the landscaping a bit more. Thanks for stopping by my blog :-)

  7. Toni, what an amazing display (and collection) of Japanese maples you have! And they aren't mature yet? I can only imagine what they will look like then! Gorgeous.

  8. @Karen: The maples are fairly slow growing, so hopefully I'll live to see their maturity :-) Some have been in about 10 years, some only 3, one is new as of last spring, and hopefully I'll have another new one tomorrow :-) Thanks for stopping by to see my fall color. I know you are under a blanket of snow already. Stay warm!

  9. You've got a lovely collection - didn't realize they would do so well in your part of the world. Acer p. Sango-kaku is my all time favorite.

  10. You have a gorgeous selection of these beautiful trees. I just purchased my first coral bark this past spring and I look forward to watching it grow. :)

  11. Impressive your turf transformations in the upper right corner.

    HOWEVER, as an ecologically correct radical, unless the lawn left is cut wit goats, sheep, shears it still to much of it. Particularly if using trimmers, blowers, lawnmowers with oil, propane, gas, or diesel. I rest me case.

  12. I loved seeing all the different fall colors on your maples. All the leaves finally dropped off mine about two weeks ago and that was late. Your new tree will be lucky to find such a maple-friendly home. Carolyn

  13. So many maples! They are beautiful and so is the view from your living room window.

  14. I love maple trees! Japanese maples are some of my favorites. The maple tree suggestion list is also helpful.

  15. Your Maples look so beautiful. They really do make your landscape stand out. Lovely!

  16. @Cyndy: We do need to be careful that the maples do not have afternoon sun or they will burn, but they do fairly well here. The Sango Kaku is my favorite this fall! Every day it seems to turn a different shade of brilliant!

    @Racquel: I know you'll love the coral bark maple!

    @antigonum: Oh, you got me! No goats here, sorry, although my husband would entertain the idea if it kept him from having to mow the lawn anymore :-) But I do compost and return the clippings to the lawn, so maybe that earns me a few points.

    @Carolyn: A new 'Peaches and Cream' Maple came home with me today. I understand it's Australian. Interesting variety.

    @Denise, Ramona, & Hocking Hills: Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your nice comments!!