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Japanese Maple (variety Dancing Peacock)

Thursday, April 21, 2005; Page GZ49

Japanese Maple (variety Dancing Peacock)

• Botanic name: Acer japonicum "Aconitifolium."

• Flowers: Inconspicuous; tree is grown for other traits, including fall color.

• Size: To 15 feet.

• Form: Upright, small tree.

• Needs: Prefers moist but well-drained soil. Some afternoon shading will reduce leaf scorch.

• Comments: One of many varieties of upright Japanese maples, as opposed to weeping forms that grow out rather than up. For larger patios, consider the lovely species maple Acer palmatum.

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