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.