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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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 18 stemmed or single trunk. It's in the tried-and-true category, making it a dependable choice. There is an improved form available called 'Emperor I' with all the attributes of a 'Bloodgood' but supposedly more vigorous. I should mention that Japanese maples are slow grow- ing so if you want instant gratification, you'll have to buy a bigger size. The red-leaved types produce a pigment for their foliage color that slows growth and is even more expensive. For a splash of something fiery year-round, look for 'Sango kaku' with brilliant coral-red bark that is quite dramatic in the winter land- scape. New foliage is tinged red becoming fresh green followed by a golden yellow in fall. A lovely variegated form is 'Butterfly' with creamy margins, a dainty twiggy look, and a brilliant scarlet color in the fall. The cutleaf types are my favorite as they mound gracefully and their lacy foliage seems to shimmer in the landscape. Two readily available in nurseries are 'Crimson Queen' with deep-red foliage that turns an extremely bright scarlet in the fall and 'Viridis' with long, cascading branches. 'Viridis's' fresh green foliage turns a lovely gold splashed with crimson tones in the fall. Fall is a magical time of year, and it's gratifying to create some enchantment along with blazing, smoldering colors that will add a glow to your outdoor space. This is the season of audacious hues so go find your favorite maple and bring it home. a subspecies that has dissected leaves with cut lobes producing a lacy effect. Long prized for their foliage throughout the growing season, Japanese maples can be incorporated into a number of landscape designs from accent plants to outstanding specimens. With their diminutive size, cutleaf types top out at six to eight feet, while the nondissected forms average 15 to 25 feet with foliage choices of red or green. If you are looking to add red foliaged plants to your landscape, one of the best is 'Bloodgood' with rich burgundy foliage that becomes a bronzy red in the fall. When young it's more vase shaped, but it will develop a graceful round shape at maturity and can be either multi- RUTH FURMAN is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist (MCH). She trained in horticulture in England and spent many happy years working and gardening there. To reach Ms. Furman, email her at: Ruth@wellesleywestonmagazine.com. M E D I A B A K E R Y "a magical time of year" the green scene

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