Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉)
This plant may not thrive in your area
- Mature Height:
- 6-8 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 8-12 ft.
- Best Color- Part Shade Tolerates Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Botanical Name:
- Acer palmatum 'Germaine's Gyration'
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It Will Move You
Here's why you need this Distinctive tree:
- Beautiful tree or shrub with attractive Fall color
- Unique twisting branches
- Compact size offers a number of planting options
- Wonderful accent tree
A New Twist on the Japanese Maple
Clinging low to the ground with a patchwork of twisting branches, the Germaine's Gyration Japanese Maple sets itself apart from all other varieties. With a maximum height of just 7 feet, its diminutive but dense shape makes it an ideal candidate for a multitude of garden and landscape purposes. Whether planted as an accent, strategically placed in containers or as a hedge, the unique form of the Germaine's will add character and charm to any location you choose. As it grows, the tree-or shrub if you prefer-forms a spreading mound that lends a softening appearance to its surroundings. Whatever your planting design calls for, this eclectic feature makes the Germaine's Gyration an incredible addition to your garden or landscape.
The Small Tree with Big Color
Aside from its distinctive form, Germaine's Gyration exhibits a soothing display of green leaves that look as though they've been dipped in burgundy along the edges. But it's during the autumn that the show of color really takes center stage. That's when the small, fern-like leaves turn a brilliant shade of orange, melding with yellows and reds to create a picturesque landscape you'll look forward to each season. It's a sight that will have you counting the days until summer finally ends.
Don't let your opportunity to get all this color fade away. Supply is limited so order your Germaine's Gyration while they're still available.
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Planting & Care
Germaine’s Gyration Japanese Maples are deciduous trees and known for its twisting branches, especially toward the top of the tree. The trees have beautiful green leaves that look as though they’ve been dipped in burgundy along the edges. Germaine maples come alive in autumn and turn to brilliant shades of orange, melding with yellow and reds to create a landscape you can’t wait to see each season. This variety known as “Acer palmatum Germaine’s Gyration” performs best in USDA growing zones 5-8 in full to partial sun. Germaine’s Gyration Japanese Maple are slow growers, maturing to a height of 6-8 feet tall and a width of 8-12 feet.
Location: When choosing a location for your maple, find a location that offers full sun to partial shade. In warmer climates, morning sun with afternoon shade works best and in colder climates the prefer full sun. Maples thrive better in well drained soil, if it’s high in clay, consider adding some organic matter, sand or perlite as drainage is important.
1) Dig each hole so that it is 2 times the width of the root ball and slightly shallower.
2) Loosen the soil, in and around the hole so the roots can easily break through.
3) Use your fingers to separate the roots of your tree and gently position downward in the hole. The top of the root flare (where the roots end and the trunk begins) should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.
4) Begin to backfill the site, tamping down the soil as you go.
5) Apply water to settle the soil and remove any air pockets that may have formed.
6) Add mulch to retain moisture and water again after the transplant is complete.
Mulching: Mulching around your Japanese maple helps to maintain a weed free area, minimizes water loss in dry conditions and provides winter protection for the roots during cold snaps. The ideal mulch bed is a 2 inch layer of coarse bark.
Watering: The average amount of water supplied to most common lawn and garden plants should be adequate for your new Japanese maple. During the hot summer months, water your maple in early morning or evening. This will help protect against a condition known as “scorching” where the leaves appear to have been burnt by the sun.
Fertilization: Japanese maples do not require large amounts of nutrients. If your other lawn and garden plants do well, your tree should grow just fine. If fertilization is necessary, use a balanced formula such as a 10-10-10 or shrubs and trees. This should be done once a year in early spring and if possible, be applied just before the leaves appear.
Pruning: Your tree will need 2 to 3 years to become firmly established in your lawn or garden. After this period you may begin to prune your tree if desired, although it is not absolutely necessary. Sterilize your cutting tool(s) with rubbing alcohol to ensure no pathogens get into the pruning wound.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3 - 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
Growing Zone Finder.
Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.
We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of May 4th|
|Zone 5||Week of April 13th|
|Zone 6||Week of March 30th|
|Zones 7 - 11||Ships Now!|