(Acer palmatum)

The Wig Maple is among the first cultivars of Acer palmatum to show signs of life as winter ends. (Some might call it a harbinger of spring.) In April, as this bulletin goes to the printer, the Wig Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’) has fully unfurled its yellowy-orange new leaves, which may look to some like tiny blonde wigs perched on twiggy “necks”.

The hundred or so other varieties of the nursery’s stock of Japanese Maples will be fully leafed out in May and June, so do stop by to appreciate their lovely, fresh foliage. Most are in one-gallon size containers, which sell for between $15 and $40, depending on variety.

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