The Psychedelic Day

When the real estate agent first showed us the house we’ve been living in for the past 19 years, she said, “It’s got a really valuable Japanese maple.” At the time I didn’t know a Japanese maple from an English bulldog.

It didn’t take long to learn about our (Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’). This elegant specimen tree, with fits finely cut leaves and weeping habit, can can be grown just about anywhere in zones 5-8, reaching a height of 8′ to 10′ and a spread of 10′ to 12′. After it leafs out in spring I get underneath it and carefully prune to reveal the shapely trunk. And it gets an occasional  spray of deer repellent to keep nibbling to a minimum.

It is always red and beautiful. But for one day every year, it is at its psychedelic best.

Today is that day, I think.

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint,, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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