These Japanese Maples Are Winter Show-offs

A brilliant red stem Beni Kawa Japanese Maple

Close-up of Beni Kawa stem in Winter

Overall of a small Bihou Japanese Maple in winter

Winter stem structure and color of Bihou Japanese Maple.

Today, volunteering in the Japanese Garden, the beauty of two Japanese maples struck me with their beautiful stems. The morning sunlight seemed to radiate the color of the Beni Kawa Japanese maple’s red stems and Bihou yellow trunk with reddish branch tips. Wow, just imagine placing them in the perfect location in a home landscape. Seeing these this morning made me start thinking about using them in my son’s new home landscape. Imagine the winter color looking out a window as an accent in a drab winter landscape, or accenting a feature you might want to have as a green backdrop in summer, but an accent plant in winter. These beauties often times can be found in locally owned Birmingham nurseries as well as online to purchase. Growing these beauties is the same as any Japanese maple. Good soil, fair drainage, and full sun to part shade, as well as watering when dry, is the formula. Think about the perfect spot and add a colorful one to your landscape now.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

2 thoughts on “These Japanese Maples Are Winter Show-offs

  1. We have people ask us frequently if we have spray painted our tree trunks and branches red! No, we tell them it’s just the beauty of the coral bark Japanese maples. The colder it is outside, the redder they become!

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