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MrMaple Festival Part 2 - Open House

MrMaple Festival Part 2

Memorial Day - RAIN OR SHINE 


Saturday - June 2, 2018

MrMaple Festival Part 2 - Saturday - June 2, 2018

MrMaple Festival is normally on Memorial Day every year. While we had a successful event, many who registered did get to come out because of the the rain. We want to make sure they can come out and get some rare Japanese maples too!

We still have one of the largest selections of 1 gallons we have ever released. Many of them being just released,
*Note - none of these trees are available yet for shipping, but are available first at our MrMaple Festival Event.

Examples of a just a few of the trees being released:
Acer palmatum 'Dragon Master' - A yellow weeping ryusen type.

Acer oliverianum 'Hot Blonde' - A yellow upright Japanese maple hybrid with amazing orange-red fall color.

Acer palmatum 'Celebration' - a reticulated Japanese maple with intense pink and purple color

Acer palmatum 'Dark Knight' - A darker more heat tolerant purple Ghost

Acer palmatum 'Mayday' and 'Japanese Princess' in 1 gallons.

Acer palmatum 'Winchester' - a green witches broom mutation with a dense dwarf habit

Acer palmatum 'Jubilee' - A pink reticulated variegated maple

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Eye of the Tiger' - A laceleaf type that was found as a selection from 'Tiger Rose'

Acer palmatum 'Frosted Purple' - A spectacular purple reticulated selection 

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Watermelon' - A laceleaf Japanese maple with pink new growth, pink petioles, that turns to a lime green. 

Acer palmatum 'Jet Black' - A new dark burgundy selection

Acer pictum 'Usugumo' - a variegated batwing maple that can prove difficult to propagate, Very beautiful

Acer palmatum 'Emerald Isle' - a green dwarf Japanese maple with a spreading habit

Acer palmatum 'Waveleaf' - a deep purple reticulated Japanese maple

Acer palmatum 'Gold Digger' - our yellow to orange bark Japanese maple selection available once again in 1 gallons

Acer palmatum 'Nebula' - A white and green reticulated Japanese maple

.... and many more. These are just what I could think off the top of my head. None of these trees are available yet for shipping or to be held. They are available at the nursery at this open house event.

Come out this Saturday to our Enjoy garden tours, rare trees for sale, and a talk on Japanese maples at the Memorial Day Open House for MrMaple. The MrMaple Festival is a great way to meet other Japanese maple collectors and gardeners who share the same passion. 

Make your plans now! On Memorial Day 2018

Each year our festival has grew and is fun and exciting. Fear not, we are going bigger and better in 2018!

Last year was a massive hit with over 450 attendees! The comradery and conversations of the collector who were here were amazing as many attendees came from near and far. In 2015 we had 20 attendees who traveled over 10 hours for the event. We felt the love for sure and greatly appreciated the attendance so this year we are going bigger and better. Stay tuned for more!

When? Our second open house will this Saturday, June 2, 2018

We plan to use this event to showcase to rare and unusual material we have been working on over the last year!

9:00am -5:00pm - Sales Open - First Come, First Serve
The Most Interesting and Most Unique Japanese Maples. We produce over 1000 different cultivars of Japanese maples. Many of these will be available for purchase starting at 9:00am.

9:00-10:30am - Self guided tours at MrMaple Gardens at 107 Maplewood Knoll Drive. There will be security, so don't bring your shovels :-)

11:00am - Limited Space is Available -
Garden Speech - First 150 at the talk get chairs, others may have to stand. 

Japanese Maple Madness - What's New With Japanese Maples

By Matt and Tim Nichols 

12-1pm - Drinks and snacks will be provided.

2:00pm - Guided tour Around Hill Stone Arboretum

Continually check this event as will be posting more details and exciting news.

*Bus parking available - Please notify us ahead of time so that we can reserve your space.

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

When you buy a Japanese maple from, 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.

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.

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.


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 it’s 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.

*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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