Monday, April 19, 2010

Japanese maple

Windy and cloudy today, in the 50s to 60s.

Bought a small Japanese maple today at Bosco's: Acer palmatum Orange Dream.  Beautiful foliage, the label says it stays 10 feet tall, 5 feet wide, so perfect for the end of the new driveway extension garden, just before you get to the curve in the path.  But online sources say it is shrubby (not tree like) and gets twice as wide, to 10 or 15 feet.
acer  palmatum

Can I keep it pruned so it stays open and tree like?  I want something to draw the eye to the curve as you come down the walk.... narrow, upright, a "beacon".  I thought maybe a bodnant viburnum, which is upright and to 10 feet tall (winter blooms, fragrant, fall color), but nobody has it, even online it's hard to find anywhere.