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Plantidote of the day 2011-11-05

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Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Japanese maple


There are over 1000 varieties of Japanese maple (this includes a. palmatum, a. japonicum and a. shirasawanum). The Japanese have cultivated them since the 1600's. These maples are under story trees, so they need some shade, especially in the afternoon. Although they are used for bonsai, they don't do well as houseplants. They need a cold dormant period to thrive. This particular maple is a lace leaf (or dissectum) Japanese maple.

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