Metro Maples in June

The summer heat can't keep these maples from growing!

 'Red Feathers'

'Red Feathers'

 'Osakazuki'

'Osakazuki'

 'Mikawa yatsubusa' 2 gallon trees growing like they're in Oregon!

'Mikawa yatsubusa' 2 gallon trees growing like they're in Oregon!

 'Inaba shidare'

'Inaba shidare'

 2018 grafts of 'Baby Dragon'TM, 'Fire Dragon'TM, and 'Super Dragon'TM

2018 grafts of 'Baby Dragon'TM, 'Fire Dragon'TM, and 'Super Dragon'TM

Some exciting new plants that will be available this Fall!

 'Purple Ghost' showing off distinctive summer color and leaf detail.

'Purple Ghost' showing off distinctive summer color and leaf detail.

 Trident maple cultivar 'Miyasama yatsubusa' is a great option for a small tree in a sunny location. 

Trident maple cultivar 'Miyasama yatsubusa' is a great option for a small tree in a sunny location. 

 One of many trays of azaleas we've been rooting this spring. We'll have a great variety of rare azaleas that can't be found anywhere else in Texas!

One of many trays of azaleas we've been rooting this spring. We'll have a great variety of rare azaleas that can't be found anywhere else in Texas!

We hope to see you at the nursery soon!

Beautiful Trees Around the Nursery

 The drive in to our maple oasis!

The drive in to our maple oasis!

 The view from underneath 'Nuresagi'

The view from underneath 'Nuresagi'

 'Junihitoe' is an exciting cultivar new to Metro Maples. The texture and leaf shape make this tree very unique.

'Junihitoe' is an exciting cultivar new to Metro Maples. The texture and leaf shape make this tree very unique.

 'Butterfly' with cream and green foliage taking in some sun!

'Butterfly' with cream and green foliage taking in some sun!

 'Shaina' is an excellent dwarf Japanese maple. The summer combination of burgundy and green is striking.

'Shaina' is an excellent dwarf Japanese maple. The summer combination of burgundy and green is striking.

 Another view of the vivid yellow-green of 'Super Dragon' TM

Another view of the vivid yellow-green of 'Super Dragon' TM

 'Baby Dragon' TM grafted this past February. It seems like I can hear these growing from the opposite end of the nursery!

'Baby Dragon' TM grafted this past February. It seems like I can hear these growing from the opposite end of the nursery!

 'Fire Dragon' TM also grafted this past February. This time of year it's exciting to watch how quickly the Shantung maples change!

'Fire Dragon' TM also grafted this past February. This time of year it's exciting to watch how quickly the Shantung maples change!

Metro Maples in Early May

 'Boskoop Glory' appreciated the rain today. This tree is hard to miss at the nursery, the low branching and graceful habit are outstanding.

'Boskoop Glory' appreciated the rain today. This tree is hard to miss at the nursery, the low branching and graceful habit are outstanding.

 'Super Dragon' TM showing off vivid May color. 

'Super Dragon' TM showing off vivid May color. 

 Acer griseum had some of its peeling bark knocked off by the rain, but still has a beautiful color. 'Orangeola' in the background will grab your attention any time of the year.

Acer griseum had some of its peeling bark knocked off by the rain, but still has a beautiful color. 'Orangeola' in the background will grab your attention any time of the year.

 The awesome detail of 'Mikawa yatsubusa'. 

The awesome detail of 'Mikawa yatsubusa'. 

 Acer buergerianum 'Mino yatsubusa' is a new tree at Metro Maples. This is an excellent option for a small, sun-tolerant maple. Fall color is a beautiful combination of yellow, red, and orange. These haven't even made it to the 'Our Inventory' page yet! We have several nice 2 gallon trees available. 

Acer buergerianum 'Mino yatsubusa' is a new tree at Metro Maples. This is an excellent option for a small, sun-tolerant maple. Fall color is a beautiful combination of yellow, red, and orange. These haven't even made it to the 'Our Inventory' page yet! We have several nice 2 gallon trees available. 

 Azalea 'Huang 2-7-51' has very small pink blooms to enjoy from late April through mid May. We have several in 1 gallon containers still available!

Azalea 'Huang 2-7-51' has very small pink blooms to enjoy from late April through mid May. We have several in 1 gallon containers still available!

We hope to see you at the nursery soon!

Beautiful April Weather

 A view from the "office" at Metro Maples. There are always plenty of maples to look at during lunch!

A view from the "office" at Metro Maples. There are always plenty of maples to look at during lunch!

 The beautiful foliage of 'Super Dragon' TM in the foreground on the right.  Rhododendron 'Peppermint Twist' turns a lot of heads this time of year with amazing flower trusses. The native Post Oak trees have the nursery covered in the perfect amount of shade.

The beautiful foliage of 'Super Dragon' TM in the foreground on the right.  Rhododendron 'Peppermint Twist' turns a lot of heads this time of year with amazing flower trusses. The native Post Oak trees have the nursery covered in the perfect amount of shade.

 A close up of 'Nishiki gawa,' showing the wonderful contrast between the seeds and bright green leaves. I'm often asked what my favorite tree is at Metro Maples, this is it!

A close up of 'Nishiki gawa,' showing the wonderful contrast between the seeds and bright green leaves. I'm often asked what my favorite tree is at Metro Maples, this is it!

 A fleet of 'Fire Dragon' TM grafts from 2018 potted and settling into their new home for this growing season. 

A fleet of 'Fire Dragon' TM grafts from 2018 potted and settling into their new home for this growing season. 

An Exciting Time of Year!

 'Deshojo' during this time of year is my favorite. The transition from spring red to summer green is captivating.

'Deshojo' during this time of year is my favorite. The transition from spring red to summer green is captivating.

 A sea of 'Orange Dream' showing off. This cultivar can brighten up even the darkest area in a landscape.

A sea of 'Orange Dream' showing off. This cultivar can brighten up even the darkest area in a landscape.

 'Shishigashira' specimen trees will add a unique growth habit and texture to the garden. Roy, a good friend and volunteer at Metro Maples, used to always say this was one of his favorite maples because even in windy weather, it always looks perfect! 

'Shishigashira' specimen trees will add a unique growth habit and texture to the garden. Roy, a good friend and volunteer at Metro Maples, used to always say this was one of his favorite maples because even in windy weather, it always looks perfect! 

 Ginkgo biloba 'Autumn Gold' is one of the few non-maples we grow and sell. These ancient trees do well in hot sun, and turn a brilliant yellow in the fall that is breathtaking.

Ginkgo biloba 'Autumn Gold' is one of the few non-maples we grow and sell. These ancient trees do well in hot sun, and turn a brilliant yellow in the fall that is breathtaking.

 We only have a few of the 'Autumn Gold' in this 10 gallon size. Don't miss out!

We only have a few of the 'Autumn Gold' in this 10 gallon size. Don't miss out!

We hope to see you at the nursery soon!

Beautiful Maples in April!

 Mother 'Fire Dragon' TM, from seed in 1999

Mother 'Fire Dragon' TM, from seed in 1999

 The wonderful color contrast between 'Viridis' and 'Red Emperor'

The wonderful color contrast between 'Viridis' and 'Red Emperor'

 The distinctive spring foliage of 'Osakazuki' with occasional red seeds 

The distinctive spring foliage of 'Osakazuki' with occasional red seeds 

 'Aconitifolium' with a distinctive texture in the landscape

'Aconitifolium' with a distinctive texture in the landscape

 'Aka shigitatsu sawa' transitioning from spring to summer color. 

'Aka shigitatsu sawa' transitioning from spring to summer color. 

 This little guy was nice enough to pose on a small 'Fireglow' in the back of the nursery Thursday afternoon. Not a bad place to catch some sun!

This little guy was nice enough to pose on a small 'Fireglow' in the back of the nursery Thursday afternoon. Not a bad place to catch some sun!

A Rainy Wednesday at Metro Maples

The nursery is covered with beautiful spring colors! These last two rainy days have been wonderful for the trees, and an overcast sky makes for some great pictures!

 A view from our large display garden just beside the parking area. 'Osakazuki,' just to the left of the large parking sign has a very unique spring color.

A view from our large display garden just beside the parking area. 'Osakazuki,' just to the left of the large parking sign has a very unique spring color.

 More of the display gardens at Metro Maples. Planted in the foreground is 'Tama hime,' an outstanding dwarf with tiny foliage. 'Boskoop Glory' is beautiful with spring red, and a graceful growth habit.

More of the display gardens at Metro Maples. Planted in the foreground is 'Tama hime,' an outstanding dwarf with tiny foliage. 'Boskoop Glory' is beautiful with spring red, and a graceful growth habit.

 We even have this comfortable area to relax when the maples overwhelm our visitors!

We even have this comfortable area to relax when the maples overwhelm our visitors!

 If you'd like to watch your maple grow, our selection of smaller trees is unrivaled.

If you'd like to watch your maple grow, our selection of smaller trees is unrivaled.

 We also have a huge assortment of larger Japanese maples that will make your neighbors envious of your garden!

We also have a huge assortment of larger Japanese maples that will make your neighbors envious of your garden!

Hope to see you soon!

The Nursery is Coming Alive!

This beautiful weather has the maples showing off! Here are some pictures from around the nursery, including some new arrivals from Oregon. 

 The drive in to Metro Maples

The drive in to Metro Maples

 Maple paradise!

Maple paradise!

 Some large Japanese maples at the front of the nursery.

Some large Japanese maples at the front of the nursery.

 An endless selection of beautiful Japanese maples!

An endless selection of beautiful Japanese maples!

 Some brand new Inaba shidare, Shishigashira, and Tamukeyama waiting for their new homes. Steve and I have been working like two well-oiled machines getting all of the new trees unloaded, placed, untied, and tagged. A huge thanks to Mario for helping unload the truck! 

Some brand new Inaba shidare, Shishigashira, and Tamukeyama waiting for their new homes. Steve and I have been working like two well-oiled machines getting all of the new trees unloaded, placed, untied, and tagged. A huge thanks to Mario for helping unload the truck! 

 A sea of small Japanese maples!

A sea of small Japanese maples!

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 Acer truncatum, Shantung maple, beginning to bloom.

Acer truncatum, Shantung maple, beginning to bloom.

Come out to Metro Maples and experience the beauty of spring!

Spring Has Arrived!

The beautiful weather is here! The newly grafted maples in the greenhouse have been loving the sun, and all of the maples outside are not far behind!

 Acer palmatum 'Sekka yatsubusa'

Acer palmatum 'Sekka yatsubusa'

 Acer palmatum 'Red Baron'

Acer palmatum 'Red Baron'

 Acer palmatum 'Koto maru'

Acer palmatum 'Koto maru'

 Acer palmatum 'Tiger Rose'

Acer palmatum 'Tiger Rose'

 Acer shirasawanum 'Mirte'

Acer shirasawanum 'Mirte'

 Acer palmatum 'Amagi shigure'

Acer palmatum 'Amagi shigure'

 Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

 Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa'

Acer palmatum 'Mikawa yatsubusa'

 Acer truncatum 'Fire Dragon' TM

Acer truncatum 'Fire Dragon' TM

 Acer truncatum 'Baby Dragon' TM

Acer truncatum 'Baby Dragon' TM

 Acer palmatum 'Kamagata'

Acer palmatum 'Kamagata'

 Acer palmatum dissectum 'Emerald Lace'

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Emerald Lace'

 Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

 Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'

Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'

First Grafts of 2018

Grafting for this year has finally been completed. Now the fun begins!

 This is the view in the greenhouse. We did 5,000 Japanese Maple, Shantung Maple, and Ginkgo this year.

This is the view in the greenhouse. We did 5,000 Japanese Maple, Shantung Maple, and Ginkgo this year.

 Acer palmatum 'Kotohime' This is one of the first cultivars I grafted around mid-January. It's always exciting to see them grow!

Acer palmatum 'Kotohime' This is one of the first cultivars I grafted around mid-January. It's always exciting to see them grow!

 Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime' These were grafted by the old timer (Keith Johansson). Keith was nice enough to come help graft several days this year. It was nice having some company in the greenhouse!

Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime' These were grafted by the old timer (Keith Johansson). Keith was nice enough to come help graft several days this year. It was nice having some company in the greenhouse!

 Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' This is always a fun one to watch leaf out. One of the favorite lace leaf varieties.

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' This is always a fun one to watch leaf out. One of the favorite lace leaf varieties.

Maple Bonsai Winter Silhouette Show

Maples make wonderful plants in the landscape, there's no doubt about that. What happens when you run out of room to plant trees at your house? For me, growing Maples as bonsai provided the perfect solution! Over the past 10 years these trees have become a large part of my life. Below are several trees from my personal collection. 

  Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple

 Acer buergerianum, Trident Maple

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Acer palmatum, 'Coonara Pygmy' (this little tree is about 4'' tall)

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Acer palmatum, Seedling Japanese Maple

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Acer palmatum, Seedling Japanese Maple (working to lower some old, sturdy branches!)

Fall has officially arrived at Metro Maples!

 Acer truncatum 'Fire Dragon' TM

Acer truncatum 'Fire Dragon' TM

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Acer palmatum 'Saoshika'

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Acer truncatum Seedling

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Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

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Acer palmatum 'Japanese Sunrise'

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Acer palmatum Seedling

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Acer palmatum 'Omure yama'

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Acer palmatum 'Hanami nishiki'

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Acer japonicum 'Green Cascade'

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Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'

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Acer grandidentatum Bigtooth Maple

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Acer palmatum 'Red Emperor'

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Acer palmatum 'Ara kawa'

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Acer palmatum 'Nishiki gawa'

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Acer shirasawanum 'Palmatifolium'

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Acer palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy'

The New Metro Maples Blog is Live

Hi!

I'm glad you found this.

This blog will provide a space for us to keep our customers up to date on what we're doing, thinking and working towards out here at Metro Maples.

We don't have regular schedule for posts, but maybe that will develop with time.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.  We'd love to hear from you.