Waterfall Japanese Maple Tree Planted - June 2023
In May, I planted my third Japanese Maple tree - a small, container-grown Emperor 1 Acer palmatum that is upright and carries red foliage. In that post, I mentioned that while it was the third Japanese Maple that I planted, I had lost one - a Tamukeyama weeping tree- so, I was really on number two. Today, I'm planting another Japanese Maple that checks some of the boxes: weeping and lace-leaf. But, it is also green. My first green Japanese Maple.
Back in December, I mused about how I should add a 'few Japanese Maples' to the garden this year. Going from one to three is 'a few', I suppose. But, I'll let the cat out of the bag - I'm not done this year. (eek!). That post from 2022 referenced this original overview (get to know) post showing a few Japanese Maples that work for Zone 5b. On that list was a tree called a Virdis Japanese Maple. Well...according to Mr. Maple, the Virdis is also known as the Waterfall Japanese Maple. From Mr. Maple:
After years of observation, we believe ‘Waterfall’ and ‘Viridis’ to now be the exact same cultivar in the nursery trade today. The original ‘Waterfall’ was likely a ‘Viridis’ that happened to be at waterfall at a state park in New Jersey.
Alright...now that we know we have a Virdis and/or Waterfall Japanese Maple, what's the story with the tree. Again...from Mr. Maple comes this description:
Waterfall is a great weeping green laceleaf Japanese maple with a show in the fall. This Japanese maple tree is very heat tolerant and can grow in either sun or shade conditions. Waterfall has very pendulous and its cascading look that gives it its name. The leaf is slightly larger than many other green dissectums.
Here's a few more shots of this new (to me) Japanese Maple:
2023 marks my seventh tree-planting season.
The two Ginkgos were #79 and #80 and the second and third trees of 2023. The small Emperor 1, Acer palmatum Japanese Maple is the 81st tree and the fourth of the year.
This Acer palmatum dissectum Waterfall tree is the fifth tree of the year. And 82nd overall.
Earlier this year, I marked four deaths, we (now) have 56 of 82 trees that we've planted.
82 trees planted/7 growing seasons = 11.7 trees on average planted each season
56 trees alive/7 growing seasons = 8 trees on average survive each season.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams.
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
46. A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47. A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.