Here in North Carolina we produce the largest selection of Japanese maples in the United States. There is no need to go anywhere other than right here on the East Coast. We graft and propagate over 1000 unique and different selections of Japanese maples. We are a small family nursery owned and operated by two brothers who enjoy providing exceptional Japanese maples that do well here in the Carolina's, especially the rare and hard-to-find varieties. We are passionate about what we do. We love sharing our enthusiasm and knowledge with our customers. 
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The Place to Buy Japanese Maples in North Carolina!
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Welcome to the premier place to buy Japanese maples nursery in the Carolina's. For the South, we are as local as you get with Japanese maples. We not only graft our Japanese maples locally in North Carolina, but we also grow our own rootstock. Over 50 years ago our grandmother planted Japanese maples in East Flat Rock, NC fairly close to where our nursery is today. In the fall we collect seeds from these Japanese maples that have been through the full gambit of southern weather. These Japanese maples have great genetics for thriving and doing well in the South as they have been through the extreme colds, freezes, droughts, and heat spikes we have experience since the late 1950's. These seedlings are what we use as the rootstock (or simply the roots) of each of our grafted Japanese maples. We feel this gives us and advantage locally here in South as our trees are well aclimated and adapted to our climate. Purchase the right Japanese for your garden here.



Located near Hendersonville, NC we are conviently located 20 minutes south of Asheville and 30 minutes north of Greenville, SC. We are only 1.5 hours away from Charlotte, NC. We are two hours east of Knoxville, Tennessee and only two hours north of Columbia, South Carolina. Many gardners in the Atlanta, Georgia area make short 3 hour trips to visit the nursery. Being located in the Mountains of North Carolina there is quite a bit of fun and excitement when visiting the area. Many customers also visit the Biltmore Estate and Gardens, Chimney Rock, Pisgah National Forest or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Call Tim at (828) 551-6739 or Matt at (828) 226-5684 to schedule an appointment to visit the nursery. A simple email to info@mrmaple.com will work as well.

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These beautiful Japanese maples are at our nursery. This was taken in June of 2013 when our friends from "In The Garden With Bryce Lane" from UNC TV were filming a special on "Magnificent Maples" here at our nursery. You can click on the link to see the episode online.
Brothers Matt Nichols (left) and Tim Nichols (right) who own and operate Nichols Nursery and MrMaple.com in East Flat Rock, NC
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Not able to visit the nursery? No problem. We ship anywhere in the United States. We have custom designed boxes that help ship Japanese maples safely to your doorstep. Trees are shipped in their containers to make the transition from our nursery to your garden the safer and stress free. We treat each Japanese maple with a special spray that protects the Japanese maple from losing mositure during shipping. We ship using FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery as they have proved to be the most reliable and most economical carriers of our Japanese maples. Being located in North Carolina, we have a prime shipping location for the East Coast. We can ship anywhere on the East Coast fairly quickly. Trees being shipped to the West Coast may take 4-5 days in shipment but always arrive in great condition.  We ship on Mondays and Tuesdays to help prevent trees from being in shipment over the weekend. You can buy one of our Japanese maples here that will fit the needs of your garden, bringing beauty no other plant can match. 
    
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MrMaple.com

Welcome to MrMaple.com, a family run Japanese Maple Mail-order nursery based out of Western North Carolina. We love Japanese maples and we hope you love Japanese maples too.

We graft and propagate over 1000 selections of Japanese maples. If you are looking to purchase or buy a Japanese maple, then you have found the right place. We focus on producing the exceptional and rare Japanese maples that are rare and hard to find. If you search through these amazing selections of Japanese maple, I am sure you will find the Japanese maple right for you. As specialists in the Japanese maple field, you find information on Japanese maples written by us. We work hard to provide accurate and detailed descriptions for each Japanese maple.

We also work hard to provide quality rare Japanese maples that you will not find anywhere else. You will find many Japanese maples that are available through MrMaple.com and at our Japanese maple nursery only. If you see something you want and it is available, I recommend purchasing the Japanese maple immediately as quantities of each Japanese maple selection are limited. Since we produce different 1000 cultivars of Japanese maples we may only have a few of each Japanese maple cultivar.

Thanks again for your interest our nursery and our Japanese maples. We look forward to doing business with you.

Please browse the many Japanese maples above and on the following pages filled with beautiful Japanese maples. The right Japanese maple for you is here.

Weeping Japanese Maple

A weeping Japanse maple is extremely hardy and easy to grow. Weeping Japanese maples are beautiful as their branches seem to flow in the wind. These weeping Japanese maples cascade often in an umbrella shape that creates an oriental appeal and brings the feel of Japan to your garden. Even during the winter, weeping Japanese maples provide interest with their unique and interesting branching. There should be a least one weeping Japanese maple in ever yard!

Buying A Japanese Maple

Thanks you so much for your business! We do our best to make it simple and easy for you to buy a Japanese maple. You can buy Japanese maples safely online at MrMaple.com by using the buynow paypal buttons. Paypal has proven itself to be one of the most reliant and safe ways for people to buy Japanese maples. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable using Paypal give a call and we can take your credit card information over the phone and process it via Square.



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As always you are always welcome to buy Japanese maples when you plan a visit to our Japanese maple Nursery in East Flat Rock, NC by appointment by giving us a call.


Shipping Japanese Maples

We only ship Japanese maples within the continental United States of America.



When you buy a Japanese maple from MrMaple.com, your order of Japanese maple trees will be shipped out the following Monday or Tuesday. This helps prevent your trees from being in shipment over the weekend. If for some reason your Japanese maples do end up shipment over the weekend, there is no need for alarm as we take ever precaution so that our trees can safely be in shipment for extended periods of time.



We have custom boxes that extra thick and allow for the safest shipment of your Japanese maples. Our new custom boxes allow us to ship your Japanese maple trees in their container, making the smoothest transition from our nursery to your garden. These boxes can fit two Japanese maples easily inside each box. You will simply need a pair of scissors to cut the tape around the box and pull your Japanese maple out.


Planting Japanese Maples

Location is something that should be considered. Nearly all Japanese maples can handle growing in the shade or getting morning sun and afternoon shade. For planting trees in the sun it is important to make sure you are getting a selection that can handle full sun in your area. We have plenty of Japanese maples that grow and do well in full sun in Zone 8. When you get to zone 9, many of the Japanese maples should be planted with protection from the hot afternoon sun. There are a few maples we carry that can handle full sun in zone 9.



One of the most important things to remember is that Japanese maples do not like wet feet. This means that heavily boggy areas will need raised beds that allow drainage for the Japanese maple roots. This can simply be done by raising the area where you will be planting the Japanese maple with more soil.



The whole should be dug 1.5 times bigger than than container the Japanese maple is in. This extra size is primarily to losen the soil for the roots of your Japanese maple which will allow for it to get established quicker. Take the Japanese maple out of the container and place it in the whole. The main thing to remember when planting a Japanese maple is that it should be planted level with where the soil level was in the container. This is important as Japanese maples planted too deeply do not perform well in the landscape. This means that you will have to put part of the soil that you already dug back into the whole before planting.



People often ask where or not they should condition their soil for the Japanese maple. For the most part, you shouldn't. Japanese maples can do well in both sandy soils and clay soils. When you ammend the soil they have to get established in your ammendments and then get established in the exterior soil.


Container Growing Japanese Maples

Japanese maples have a non-invasive root system that makes them ideal for container growing and bonsai culture. This will allow you to bring the ornamental appeal of Japanese maple to your deck, patio, poolside, and driveway expanding your garden. The concept of how big a Japanese maple will get in a container is similar to that of how big a goldfish will get inside a bowl. A Japanese maple will grow the size container it is put in. A small container will dwarf the size of the tree from the size the tree would naturally be in the landscape. Dwarf Japanese maples are often used in containers because they get fairly close to full-size in most containers. The best tip for container growing is a well-drained pot.



Steps:


1. Choose your Japanese maple based on the location you plan on growing your container grown maple (ex. Sun or shade?).



2. Select the container you would like to use. The primary thing to look for is good drainage. You may be able to drill extra holes in non-ceramic containers. At least one drain hole is necessary. For containers with only one drain hole, you may consider lining the bottom of the container with 1-2 inches of medium sized gravel to increase drainage.



3. Soil should be selected based on how frequently you plan on watering the plant. For Japanese maples that will be regularly watered by an irrigation system, a soil with more perlite is ideal. An example of this would be a regular bag of miracle grow mix. For maples that will not be on a regular irrigation system, make sure to add more peat moss to the mixture. This will allow for the maple itself to retain a higher amount of moisture. When adding the soil to the container make sure to keep the root collar and trunk of the Maple at the same level it was in itís previous container. It is also good to leave at least 1/2 inch to 2 inches of the top lip of the container free from soil. This allows for the maple to be watered effectively.



4. Select a companion plant such as small sedums that can cover the soil-surface to reduce heat and moisture loss for the roots of the maple. When choosing a companion plant it is essential to use only plants with extremely shallow and tiny root systems that will not grow into the roots of the maple.



5. Water frequently based on the finger test. If the soil around your Japanese maple feels dry, water.



6. For small containers (smaller than a nursery 3 gallon) check the root system of your Japanese maple during the winter every 3 years. If the root ball is getting very thick, trim the root system leaving 3/4 of the root system. Add soil as necessary. For larger containers, you can go much longer without root pruning the roots of your Japanese maple. We suggest checking every 7-8 years. For those that do not want to root prune, you can always upgrade your Japanese maple to a larger pot size or put the tree in the landscape, however, with a few minutes of root pruning every few years a Japanese maple can stay in any pot for its entire life


Care of Japanese Maples

*Japanese maples that have been stressed should be given Super Thrive at recommended doses from the bottle. This can often be purchased at Wal-Mart or your local garden center or department store. This simply gives Japanese maples the proper nutrients and hormones that will help it heal and recover and help it get back into a growing mode.



Japanese maples are extremely easy to care for. The less you do the better. Japanese maples do not like a lot of nitrogen so fertilizers are not necessary. Fertilizers with low amounts of nitrogen can be used in the early spring and mid-summer, however it is not necessary.



Trimming your Japanese maple can actually make your tree grow faster. If you trim the smaller branches back leaving larger and thicker branching with buds, your tree will often grow very quickly. This is because you get a cleaner flow or nutrients from Japanese maples that have been trimmed. It is like excersing your Japanese maples. It is best to do this in the early spring right before your Japanese maple leafs out. This is typically around the late February to early March time period for us in North Carolina. The main trick for trimming is to never trim more than 45% of your tree off. Yes, that means you can trim a Japanese maple heavily. Remember to clean your pruning tools with rubbing alcohol. This helps keep your pruning tools sanitized which helps your Japanese maple stay healthy.



Steps for Pruning:


1. Start out by pruning out branches you don't like on your Japanese maple. If the branch is larger than 3/4 of an inch in diameter we recommend using a saw. Large branches you don't like only get bigger so it is best to prune them out early in the tree's life.



2. Prune out the twiggier smaller branching. Smaller branching only makes smaller branching. This means these will make the tree grow slower. By pruning your Japanese maple and leaving the large branching you will get a larger tree quicker.



3. Trim out conflicting branching on your Japanese maple. This means if two limbs are touching are are too close, one of them should be trimmed out. A lot of pruning is judgement calls. Picking which one stays and which one goes will be a judgement call that only the owner or the pruner can make.



4. If you are trimming an upright selection, make sure to keep one branch as a central leader. This is typically the tallest part of the tree on most upright Japanese maples. If you are trimming a dwarf or a laceleaf Japanese maple, you can trim the Japanese maple to accentuate the natural shape of the tree. This can be done with laceleaf types by trimming your Japanese maple to create different levels of branching.



5. Trim out the fishtails. When there are three small branches coming out of the terminal buds on the end of a branch, it is often good to trim out the middle branch. This gives room for the other two branches and allows them have more energy.



While trimming is not necessary, if you follow these steps, your Japanese maple should grow much quicker for you.


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