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Acer japonicum is a small deciduous tree growing to 5-10 m (rarely 15 m) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm in diameter. In cultivation, it is often only a shrubby tree with multiple trunks joining at ground-level. In autumn, the leaves turn bright orange to dark red.
Acer palmatum includes thousands of named cultivars with a variety of forms, colors, leaf types, sizes, and preferred growing conditions. Heights of mature specimens range from 0.5 to 25 m (1.5 to 82 ft), depending on type.
Maple is a widespread deciduous tree popular in eastern North America.
Many of its features, especially its leaves, are quite variable in form. Among these features it is best known for its brilliant deep scarlet foliage in autumn. Red Maple is adaptable to a very wide range of site conditions. It can be found growing in swamps, on poor dry soils, and most anywhere in between. Elevation is also not a limiting factor in its range. Due to its attractive fall foliage and pleasing form, it is often used as a shade tree for landscapes. It is used commercially on a small scale for maple syrup production as well as for its medium to high quality lumber. It is the State Tree of Rhode Island. It is very cold hardy.
Maple is a very popular plant in Japan and a subject for bonsai. Autumn in Japan is celebrated with colorful autumn leaves known as momijigari. The foliage of trees light up the Japanese landscape. Scarlet Japanese maples flash against emerald conifers, this is the beauty of momijigari as you view the spectacular colors of changing leaves.
The maples have long been known to be closely related to the family Sapindaceae.
The Alectryon tomentosus is a small tree with a red aril and black seeds. It is an attractive plant with pinkish, new growth. They require good drainage and attract birds.
Arfeuillea arborescens, commonly known as the Hop Tree, is a native plant of Thailand and Laos. It is a large shrub reaching 5 to 10 feet tall and bears an unusual bicolor flower. The flowers appear in the warmer months and have a strong smell that makes them quite attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.
In terms of planting requirements, the Hop Tree grows best in full sun or semi-shade environments with well-drained soils. It is a hardy plant, particularly suited to USDA Zones 9-11.
When considering the care of the Hop Tree, it is important to ensure that it is kept well-watered throughout the season, especially during times of drought. It will respond well to occasional fertilization, particularly during periods of flowering. Regular pruning may also be beneficial to ensure that the tree remains strong and healthy.
In colder regions where the winter can be intense, growing the Hop Tree in a pot is recommended. In this instance, the pot should be well-drained and the tree should be given extra protection from the elements with mulch during the winter months. A plastic plant pot cover is also recommended to ensure the plant is insulated from the cold.
Overall, the Arfeuillea arborescens is a unique addition to any garden due to its fragrant aroma and unusual bicolor flowers. It needs adequate light and water to remain healthy, as well as occasional pruning and mulching to help it thrive in cold climates. With the right environment, this plant can bring life to any landscape.
Usually a small shrubby tree, but has been seen up to 12ft. It has spectacular flushes of limp reddish new growth which slowly turns pale green as it matures. Fleshy red aril is common in Sapinds, an adaptation to attract fruity-eating birds.
Season: May fruit twice a year, heaviest crop in summer. National fruit of Jamaica. Rather large, handsome, fast growing, evergreen tree, may be kept at a reasonable height through regular pruning. When fully mature the fruit opens revealing a crisp, cream colored, glossy aril, somewhat nutty-flavored attached to large, black, shiny seeds. Fruit is poisonous until allowed to open naturally. Makes a very tasty side dish: boil for five minutes and fry in butter. The plant is somewhat hardy to light frost.
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