Great Patio Trees

When you look up at the canopy of your shade-giving tree, do you see a monster in the making? Here are some wonderful little trees that won't take over your yard.

Fernleaf Full Moon Maple Tree Image courtesy of Monrovia

With its dense foliage of medium-green, deeply lobed leaves, fullmoon maple (Acer japonicum) adds a lot of texture to the landscape; fall color is usually brilliant red, red-orange or orange-yellow, depending on the cultivar. Maturing to a height of about 20 to 30 feet, it can be grown as either a small tree or large shrub. Smaller cultivars are available. Fullmoon maple is native to Japan, a cousin to the commonly named Japanese maple that's actually Acer palmatum. Not heat-tolerant; USDA Zones 5 to 7

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