It was too rainy to do anything outside yesterday. So I spent time on the computer and kept looking out the window for signs of sun. As I looked out I was noticing how big our Japanese Maple has grown. This tree was a replacement tree for the beautiful, multi-trunked vine maple that had been there. I remember being out one day about 6 years ago and I got a phone call from my husband. He asked if I noticed the tree seemed like it was leaning a bit when I left. When I returned home I did notice it was leaning. It was right before Halloween and I remember the little homemade ghosts hanging from it at an angle. Well, he pushed on the tree and it fell right over. I don't remember it being windy or rainy then and it's in a very protected corner of the yard.I was so sad that it had fallen over, everything under it had been planted for shade. I had to move a lot of the plants out because it was just too sunny there.
We decided because we loved our Japanese Maple in the backyard we'd like to plant another one. Luckily at the nursery near us there was a very large selection, but they were very expensive. So in 2005 we bought a nice little acer palmatum 'Orido Nishiki' and knew we'd just have to wait for it to grow.
I couldn't find any pictures of it from when we first planted it, but here's a picture of it from May 2008. I actually checked the date several times because I can't believe it grew so fast in one year!
And now here it is today! I just can't believe how fast it's grown. The plant tag says it's 10 year height is 8 feet. It's much taller than that! I guess it likes where it is.
I love how the leaves are variegated. When they are first emerging they even have a bit of pink on them. The new leaf stems are also a reddish-pink.
Sometimes when I buy shrubs and trees in their little containers it seems like they'll never reach their mature height. Now it's fun to look back and try to remember it being so small!