WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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16 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 we are all familiar with New England's iconic autumn landscape: native maples ablaze in the crisp, clear light. These wonderful trees are the draw for day-trippers and visitors from distant places meandering along the byways and backroads of the Northeast to view and marvel at the foliage. The hearts of our forests, the handsome maples have graced our yards for decades and were the uncom- plaining stalwarts of our childhood tree- climbing adventures. Big, bold beauties spread across backyards or front lawns just waiting to be climbed. Many of today's backyards are of a smaller scale, and the native sugar (Acer saccharum) and swamp or red maples (Acer rubrum) don't have the proper space to grow to their majestic sizes or would smother surrounding plants. However, there are other suitable selections in the Acer genus and, while I strongly support the use of natives, there are foreign relatives worth using with similar attributes but on a more diminutive scale. One of the advantages of a smaller yard is that it can be quite sheltered as well as shaded. A perfect choice for this environment would be a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum). It provides all the powerful fall colors of maples, interesting foliage, and characterful shapes. The foliage, as the species name suggests, has the typical maple-leaf shape, like a palm with lobes, and there is M E D I A B A K E R Y gardening in bloom greenhouse flower beds flora horticulture shrubbery The Magic of Maples R U T H F U R M A N writer the green scene

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