Be Water-Wise – Take Advantage of Water-Saving Rebates

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 24, 2015 5:32:06 PM

Get the Most out of Your District's Water-Saving Programs*


Did you know that many local water districts offer free surveys and rebates on water-saving tools for homeowners? Check out the list below for info on outdoor residential water-saving rebate opportunities. 

If you don't know who your water provider is, check out the Regional Water Authority's website

California American Water

  • Residential Landscape Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey
  • Weather-based Irrigation Controller
  • Lawn Replacement Rebates
  • Converting old spray heads to high-efficiency nozzles

Carmichael Water District 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey
  • Irrigation Efficiency Survey

Citrus Heights Water District 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey
  • Irrigation Efficiency Survey

City of Roseville

  • Landscape Evaluations
  • Lawn Replacement Rebates
  • Timer Replacement Rebates

Up to $100 rebate when you upgrade your irrigation system with efficient parts and more. Click here for details.

City of Sacramento 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey
  • Lawn Replacement Rebates

City of Woodland 

  • Mulch Rebates
  • Rain Barrel Rebates
  • Weather-Based Irrigation Controller

El Dorado Irrigation District 

  • Weather-Based irrigation Controller

Irrigation efficiency upgrades including:

  • Converting old spray heads to high-efficiency nozzles
  • Converting fixed spray heads to drip irrigation
  • Improving existing drip systems
  • Replacing leaking control valve(s)

Elk Grove Water District 

  • Landscape Irrigation Reviews

Fair Oaks Water District 

  • Landscape Irrigation Reviews

Golden State Water Company 

  • Weather based irrigation Controllers
  • Converting old spray heads to high-efficiency nozzles

Orange Vale Water Agency 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large landscape Survey

Placer County Water Agency 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Lawn Replacement Rebates
  • Large Landscape Survey

Rancho Murieta C.S.D

  • Weather Based Irrigation Controllers
  • Converting old spray heads to high-efficiency nozzles
  • Installing a drip system

Sacramento County Water Agency 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey

Sacramento Suburban Water District 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Large Landscape Survey

San Juan Water District 

  • Single Family Exterior Survey
  • Weather Based Irrigation Controllers
  • Replacing spray irrigation with a drip system
  • Improving exsisting drip systems

*Most districts have an application process for rebates. Click on your district for more information. 

Learn about water-wise gardening solutions offered by Green Acres Nursery & Supply.

Topics: Drought Resistant

Become a Monarch Waystation

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Apr 3, 2015 3:35:00 PM

Everyone is familiar with the black and orange patterned wings of the Monarch butterfly. Their four-inch wingspan, dramatic color and intricate patterns are recognizable from a distance. These tropical butterflies are not only unique in their appearance and size, but also their migration habits. Monarchs are the only butterfly known to make a two-way, 2,000 mile migration across North America throughout their life cycle.


However, recently, spying one of these graceful butterflies in your garden is becoming rare. Monarch populations have plummeted over the last few decades, influenced by many factors such as improper pesticide use, parasites and disease, climate change and loss of habitat. While it seems like a daunting task to help rebuild populations of this once common butterfly, if every gardener put aside a little corner of their garden with food and habitat just for Monarchs, these charismatic creatures just might make a comeback.

How can I help?

Every flower that provides nectar to a passing Monarch will help sustain them on their long migration across North America, but if you really want to create a safe haven in your yard for Monarchs, follow the steps below to create a welcoming and restorative Monarch paradise.


1. Select Your Site

Butterflies appreciate the shelter of established woody trees and shrubs, to provide them with protection from inclement weather conditions. However, there should still be some sunny patches in your Monarch habitat, as most of the nectar-producing plants that sustain them require sun. Being tropical butterflies, they do not tolerate cold; temperatures need to be above 55° F before adults become active. However, they also don't thrive when exposed to temperatures over 95° F. In the hot Sacramento valley, an east or southeast site provides the perfect habitat. In cooler climates, southern exposure is best. 

2. Plant Native Milkweed Species

Milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) are the host plants that adult Monarchs lay their eggs on, and the only food consumed by Monarch caterpillars. California native species are the best to plant, because their growing season is synchronized with the migration patterns of the butterflies. However, native species are usually more difficult to find.

If you can't find any native milkweed species, other milkweeds will work as an alternative. Tropical milkweed (pictured below) will still provide food for Monarch caterpillars, but it is recommended that if you are using it as Monarch habitat, that you cut it back to 6" from the ground in the winter. This encourages Monarchs continue their migration to their southern overwintering sites, rather than sticking around to breed and getting caught in the cold. 


3. Plant Flowers Which Provide Nectar

While Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed, adult Monarchs feed on the nectar of flowers, just like other pollinators. Milkweed species provide a good source of nectar, but it's best to have a variety of flowers for the butterfly buffet. Flowers which bloom in the late summer and fall are especially good for providing Monarchs with nutrition to sustain them in their long migration south for the winter. Here's what to plant in your butterfly sanctuary:

  • Red, yellow, orange, pink and purple colored blossoms
  • "Cluster-type" flowers that are flat-topped and made up of many small flowers with short nectar tubes
  • California native flowers
  • A variety of flowers which bloom successively, ensuring there is always something blooming
  • Full sun flowers, butterflies like to bask in the sun while they rest and feed

Yarrow, Buddleja, Phlox, and Agastache are all good examples of flowers that butterflies enjoy. 

4. Use Integrated Pest Management

You should avoid using any type of chemical in your Monarch waystation. Even less toxic chemical methods of pest control are still harmful to beneficial insects if they come into contact with them. Integrated pest management is a way of controlling the insect pests that harm your plants, with minimal impact on the environment.

  Intro to IPM  

5. Provide a Place for Puddling

While butterflies get most of the nutrients they need from nectar sources, they still need fresh water and minerals to thrive, which they acquire through drinking water from shallow puddles. Take a shallow tray, fill it with coarse sand and small pebbles, then nestle it into the native soil of your habitat. Keep the tray evenly moist. 

You don't have to plant an acre of milkweed to help the Monarchs. In fact, it is better to have many small sanctuaries spread across North America for Monarchs to visit on their long migratory journey. Even just following one of the steps above will help contribute to restoring the population of this once prevelant pollinator. 

For more information about how to become a Monarch Waystation, visit the Monarch Watch Website

Elk Grove Green Acres is Open

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 18, 2015 1:41:38 PM

The Elk Grove store is now open!  Just in time for the official start of spring.  It is located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, 95624.  The phone number is 916-714-5600.  With Grand Opening festivities the weekend of March 21-22, it's worth a visit.




Grand Opening

Topics: Events

Come Meet the Experts at Dig into Spring

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 17, 2015 3:37:41 PM

Green Acres is hosting our third annual Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair at our new location in Elk Grove, March 21 & 22, and we want you to join us!

Dig Into Spring Event

In addition to food trucks, music, raffle prizes, vendor booths and seminars, we are very excited to host book signings by two local gardening experts: Carolyn Singer & Michael Glassman!

Carolyn Singer is a local gardening guru and author of the Deer in my Garden series, as well as her new book: The Seasoned Gardener. Residing near Grass Valley, Carolyn's Deer in my Garden series is the result of much trial-and-error testing in her own garden, to determine which plants really have the best deer resistance in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 




Her newest book is titled The Seasoned Gardener: Five decades of sustainable & practical garden wisdom. It is a compilation of articles she wrote for her column 'The Seasoned Gardener', published by The Union in Grass Valley. 

Carolyn will be signing books at our Dig Into Spring Ideas Fair on Saturday March 21 & Sunday, March 22 from 11am-4pm. 



Michael Glassman is an award winning landscape designer and consultant with over thirty years of experience designing breathtaking landscapes in Northern California. He has authored and co-authored five books, including the Kinder Gardens series, a playful series of books geared towards getting young children interested in gardening. 



 His newest book is titled The Garden Bible, a step-by-step guide to planning and designing your dream garden, which will be published in Spring of 2015.  

Michael will be signing books at our Dig into Spring Ideas Fair on Sunday, March 22 from 11am-1pm.


Check out our seminar schedule below for details on our weekend-long Dig into Spring workshop series!
Seminar Schedule

Topics: Free Events, Planning Your Landscape, Sacramento Gardening, Deer Resistant, Green Acres Events, Landscape Design, Events

12 Leaders You'll Want to Meet at the Grand Opening

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Mar 10, 2015 11:17:48 AM


The Elk Grove Grand Opening on March 21-22 will have the best garden companies in attendance.  These twelve companies are leaders in the garden industry and together are a powerhouse of knowledge that you can glean from.  Bring your toughest garden questions and they can help.  Here is a short description of each company.  Take notes and be sure to visit their booth at the event for some one-on-one help for your garden problems.

  1. Bonide

    Bonide has always been committed to providing the best possible solutions for Home, Lawn and Garden Pest Problems. This includes attractive, convenient, cost effective packaging and product selection second to none.

    They are also proud of their complete line of Garden Naturals. Effective, time tested solutions that Bonide has been marketing since long before it was “hip to be green”.

  2. Botanical Interests Seeds

    At Botanical Interests their goal is to inspire and educate the gardener in you so that you can create beautiful and prolific gardens. Not only is the seed inside their packets the highest quality available, their packets are designed to give you the information you need to be a more successful gardener!

    • Over 600 high-quality varieties
    • Many heirloom seed varieties
    • A large selection of USDA Certified Organic seed varieties (learn more about organic seed)
    • Guaranteed - the germination rate of every variety is tested before we package it
    • All seed is untreated
    • No GMOs - they enthusiastically signed the SAFE SEED PLEDGE: They do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants

  3. Danner Manufacturing, Inc.

    For over 75 years, a history of excellence, and improving the art of fluid motion.

    Ever since their modest beginnings in 1934, Danner Manufacturing (a family owned and operated business) has developed and produced innovative products for hobbyists and professionals.

    They are well known for their  PondmasterProline,& Fountain Pump products.  They are widely used in water gardens and fountain projects for any home.

  4. E.B. Stone

    In 1916, E.B. Stone created a fertilizer that made his fruit crops the talk of other San Jose farmers. In time, he created superb fertilizers as well as soil conditioners, for flowers, fruit trees and plant material of many varieties. When he retired in 1979, he sold his family business to the Crandall's another family dedicated to creating the best fertilizer and amendments.

    Through the years, horticulturists at E.B. Stone perfected some of those original formulas. The result is a new generation of 21st century fertilizers, soils for indoor use, all natural pest controls and soil amendments for the garden and landscape.

    The proof of their efforts is when you see what happens in your own garden with their Green All, E.B. Stone Organics and Mastery Nursery products.

  5. Kawahara Nursery

    Kawahara Nursery has been providing the best possible service and product selection of premium annuals, perennials and edibles in quart and gallon sizes.

    This commitment began over 70 years ago with Sam and Jean Kawahara and their four children on a 2-acre nursery in San Lorenzo, California. Striving to perfect the jumbo pack varieties, the family pioneered the reputation of quality and excellence.

    With this foundation, sons David and John, expanded the nursery to Morgan Hill in the early 80's where they broadened product selection and continue to be a leader in providing beautiful bedding products to garden centers throughout California.

  6. Kellogg Products

    Kellogg Products has been helping home gardeners create beautiful landscapes since 1925.  They offer natural and organic garden soils, potting soils and mulch to help your home project be a successful one.  

    The company is a family business spanning three generations and has deep family roots to this day.

  7. Lake Valley Seed

    Lake Valley Seed was founded in 1985 in the confines of a small garage in Boulder, Colorado.  Seed packets were filled by hand using small “teaspoon” like measuring devices.  The company has since developed into a high paced, automated production facility, which annually produces nearly 9 million packets of seed, consisting of over 800 different varieties of flower, vegetable and herb seeds. 

    Since 1985 the philosophy at Lake Valley Seed has held true: quality products at competitive prices, servicing passionate gardeners and independent retailers. 

  8. John F. Mahaney Company

    They are an independent distributor of tools.  Founded in 1951 specializing in agricultural, ranch and industrial hardware supplies in the Sacramento area.

    They feature many quality products including the Red Rooster® line of professional tools. The Red Rooster® product line includes a wide variety of tools designed and engineered for the professional. These tools provide superior performance and tremendous value.

  9. McCalls Nursery

    Their mantra is "Growing Great since 1948!"  They have a growing facility of over 60 acres located in southern Fresno.  It is a family owned and operated nursery. They are well known for growing beautiful perennials, fruit trees, and some of the best roses this side of the Mississippi!

  10. Monrovia

    Monrovia plants has been around since 1926 and is known for having Distinctively Better Plants.   They grow over 3,600 varieties and over 22 million plants annually.  Each plant is nurtured by hand with care.  

    They are well known in the garden industry for introducing plant varieties that are more pest and disease resistant and or have improved characteristics like fruit production, shape, or color.  Using Monrovia plants helps you reduce the need to use chemicals for pest prevention and also helps you be a more successful gardener.

  11. Monterey Lawn & Garden

    Monterey Lawn & Garden is a distributor of plant protection chemicals and fertilizers based in Fresno, California since 1963.  Their goal is to provide home gardeners the same professional grade technology available to the ag industry.  

    Their growing line of products provide economical and effective solutions to yard and garden problems, and are properly registered and labeled to be sold to and used by the home gardener.

  12. Monterey Bay Nursery

    This nursery has been around for over 20 years, is on 50 beautiful acres in Northern Monterey County and have an offering of over 1,000 varieties of plants at any given time.  

    Monterey Bay Nursery focuses on new and innovative plants.  They are well known for growing fantastic perennials, California Natives, Australian plants & more.  At Green Acres, we especially love their Flowering Maples and Fuchsias!

This is just a taste of the high caliber garden companies that will be at our Elk Grove Grand Opening.  We actually have even more that will be there!  Between all of these companies there are literally hundreds of years of expertise in the plant and garden industry that will be available for free to all of our customers.  We hope you will take advantage of these great minds and come on March 21-22 at our newest Elk Grove store located at 9220 E. Stockton Blvd.  

Grand Opening


Topics: Free Events, Events

Diggin' Our Fourth Location

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Feb 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM


Can you believe that Spring is right around the corner?  With a new season will come a new Green Acres store in Elk Grove.  This will be our fourth location!  As a locally and family owned business we are thrilled to be growing and continuing to spread our roots in the Sacramento community.  This store's opening comes highly anticipated and the Grand Opening Weekend will be March 21-22.   

Green Acres History

Green Acres Nursery & Supply is accustomed to salvaging old, underutilized spaces and up cycling them to functional nurseries. Our first store in Roseville was the previous site of the city dump, and in fact, our first customer brought us a bag of garbage.  The second location was the former Matsuda's retail nursery in need of a face lift.  Our third location, in Folsom, was the former site of Circuit City.  It was a huge, box store-like building which we converted into a beautiful garden center.  No small feat!  

Elk Grove is our Dream Store

The Elk Grove location is different.  This is the first store we've built from the ground up.  Essentially it is our dream store!  With over 33,000 square feet of indoor space, a greenhouse, a climitized houseplant greenhouse, an Outdoor Living Department and of course acres upon acres of plants, this fourth location will be the most functional and beautiful location yet.

So what's the story about this newest location?  We purchased a plot of land in Fall of 2013.  It is located off Highway 99 and Bond next to the Chick-fil-a. Our new address is 9220 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.  The City of Elk Grove has been excellent to work with and supportive of having a Green Acres Nursery & Supply in their community.  The building process began last August and we are feverishly working to open next month.

Building Timeline:

  • August 29, 2014- Groundbreaking 
  • November 17, 2014-  Foundation poured 
  • December 9, 2014-  Roof finished  
  • January 22, 2015-  Parking lot cement poured
  • January 15, 2015-  Lathe house construction began 
  • January 30, 2015-  Greenhouse slab poured

We still have finishing touches left to do by the end of March.  These include: painting, installing electrical, building offices and the houseplant greenhouse, installing flooring, and of course installing fencing, solar panels and a landscape design.  Last but not least, stocking plants & products. We are keeping busy! 

Grand Opening Weekend

While final preparations are being made, a stellar Grand Opening Weekend is planned for March 21-22.  It will be a fun, free, family friendly event.  

The weekend will offer free garden workshops, complimentary food, Hot Buys and giveaways.  Plus, over 20 garden industry vendors showing their newest garden goodies.  If you have attended our Dig Into Spring Event in the past, essentially, we are combining that event with the Grand Opening.  This will be our biggest event to date, and one you don't want to miss.

Click to learn more about the Grand Opening!

Grand Opening


Bareroot Roses

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Jan 14, 2015 5:34:00 AM

Why buy bareroot?

When roses go dormant in the winter, they are less susceptible to transplant shock when planted. This time of year also offers the broadest selection available at the lowest prices. Green Acres carries patent and non-patent varieties of hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda and climbing roses. 
Roses are deceivingly easy to grow. With minimal routine care, they will flourish and grace your garden with dazzling color and enticing fragrance for many months out of the year.  

Just follow these simple steps for stunning roses:

Select a site
Roses perform best when given full sun, which is at least four to six hours a day. With the exception of climbing roses, most rose shrubs get about four to six feet high and wide, depending on how they are pruned. It is very important to give a rose enough room to grow, as crowding them can lead to fungal diseases caused by poor air circulation.


Dig the hole twice as wide as the container it’s in and one and a half times as deep. Mound the soil at the bottom of the hole, so that when the rose is planted, it sits one to two inches above the soil grade. Add EB Stone Sure Start to the hole at the rate recommended on the box. If your rose is planted in a biodegradable peat pot, remove the top rim of the pot and cut slits down the side to make it easier for the roots to grow. Combine the backfill 50/50 with a rich soil amendment, such as EB Stone Rose Grow. Finally, apply a two to four inch thick layer of mulch around the roots of the plant, but leave at least two inches from the stem to prevent crown rot. 

Pests & Diseases

Roses are susceptible to several types of fungus. The best method of prevention for fungal infections is proper cultural care practices, such as:
  • Give each plant enough space for proper air circulation
  • Prune out any brown or black canes that may be harboring disease from last year
  • In the winter, remove all the old leaves from underneath the rose and replace the mulch
  • Avoid overhead watering or watering in the evening. Watering in the early morning is best
If you have a persistent recurring problem with pests on your roses, try treating them with a dormant spray such as Monterey Liqui-Cop and Bonide All-season oil in the winter before bud break. This can help suppress fungal diseases and kill any overwintering pests that may be nestled in the crown of the rose. 
Once the rose has leafed out, severe pest problems can be remedied with Bonide Rose Rx, a highly effective fungicide, miticide and insecticidal foliar spray.


The ideal time for pruning roses is when they are dormant in the winter, before bud break. In our region, this is between mid-December to mid-February. Always use clean, sharp pruning instruments and make sure they are the right pruning tools for the size of branch being removed. Here are some basic guidelines for pruning roses, for more detailed instructions, please see our [Rose Pruning for Sacramento Gardeners] blog!
  • First remove all brown or black canes, and suckers (vigorous, pliable branches that come up from the roots of the plant)
  • Next choose about 3-5 healthy canes (depending on the variety) and remove about 1/3rd of the top growth
  • Cut at a 30 to 45 degree angle about ¼” above an outward facing bud
  • If the cane you are pruning is larger than ½” in diameter, use a sealant on the wound to prevent insect damage
  • After pruning, fertilize your rose with Alfalfa meal and Sul-Po-Mag at the rate recommended on the box


For the best garden performance, it is important to continually fertilize roses throughout the growing season. Because roses are such long-lived heritage plants, it’s generally recommended to use organic fertilizers which will improve the health of the soil where they are planted. Another benefit of organic fertilizers is that they do not cause a plant to suddenly produce an abundance of tender green growth, which can attracts pests such as aphids. We recommend EB Stone Organics Rose & Flower foods, applied regularly at the rate recommended on the box. 

Topics: Roses

Spuds 101 - How to Grow Seed Potatoes

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Nov 8, 2014 11:04:00 AM

Why use certified seed potatoes?

Unlike certified seed potatoes, the potatoes that you find at the grocery store are often treated with growth inhibitors to keep them from sprouting. Also, they are not guaranteed to be disease free, and they usually produce spuds that are not uniform in shape.

What kind of certified seed potatoes does Green Acres carry?*

Red LaSoda

Days to Maturity: 80-100

Red LaSoda has a good general disease resistance, and red skin and white waxy flesh. Keeps well, and adapts to a range to climates, withstanding cold, heat and drought.

Alegria Yellow

Days to Maturity: 85-95

Alegria Yellow is prized for its attractive uniform appearance, high yield and low susceptibility to rotting. It produces a stable yield in a variety of different growing climates. It is characterized by golden yellow skin with creamy yellow flesh, and a flavor similar to Yukon Gold.

Accord White

Days to Maturity: 80-90

Accord white is an early producing variety with a high yield. It has creamy skin and creamy white flesh with a uniform oval appearance. Good disease resistance, but relatively short storage potential.

Potatoes thrive in moderate temperatures, not too cold or too warm. Ideal temperatures range from above freezing to below 70° F. Because they are a tuber, they require rich light textured soil with good drainage. If you have poor drainage or heavy clay soil, we recommend planting in raised beds or containers. Heavy clay soil can sometimes deform the shape of potatoes.

In the Sacramento region, potatoes are typically planted between mid-November and March.  


Planting in the ground

Seed potatoes should be planted in rows 12” apart, and the rows should be spaced at least 18-20” apart. First, dig the furrows of your rows at least 4” deep. Cut your seed potatoes into 1 ½ ” pieces with at least two eyes per piece, or leave them whole depending on how large they are.  If you cut them into pieces, let the pieces dry for a day or two before planting, to prevent rot. Lay the seed potatoes in the furrows, eye side up and cover with 2” of soil. Water thoroughly, and then wait. As the potatoes begin to sprout, gently pile more soil on top of them, until your furrow has turned into a mound 4” above soil level. Cover rows with a 2-4” thick layer of mulch to conserve moisture and insulate tubers should the temperatures drop below freezing.

Planting in pots

Fill the bottom of a large container (at least a 15 gallon or larger) with 6” of a rich potting soil or compost. Place seed potatoes, or seed potato pieces on top of the soil, about 12” apart. Top with 2” of soil, water, and wait for them to sprout. After they have begun to shoot up past the soil, continue the process, gently mounding soil around them as the shoots grow, until you reach the top of your container.  Some people apply this method using tires or stackable crates, which allow you more vertical growing space.


Soil should be kept moist, but beware of overwatering if you choose to plant in the ground. Soggy soil will result in rotten potatoes.


Use a starter fertilizer upon planting, we recommend E.B. Stone Sure Start.  Then fertilize with tomato and vegetable food according to the package direction.


Harvest “new potatoes”, or the smaller less mature spuds when the plants begin flowering. Reach under the first few inches of soil and pull them off the plant. Harvest the mature potatoes once the plants turn brown. Harvest time is between 80 and 120 days after planting, depending on variety. When harvesting,  dig carefully to avoid damaging the tubers.

*Available while supplies last, check stores for inventory 

  Veggie Planting Calendar

Topics: Edibles, Sacramento Gardening, Fall Veggies

The Top Nine Japanese Maples for the Sacramento Region

Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 22, 2014 5:09:00 PM

Native to Japan and Korea, Japanese maples are prized as specimen trees because of their handsome sinewy trunks and graceful branching habit. They come in a variety of sizes and forms, such as upright, weeping, broad leaf or lace leaf. Our Japanese maples are supplied by reputable growers such as Monrovia, Western trees, Kraemer's and Matsuda's nursery. The varieties listed below are some of the most popular cultivars carried by Green Acres.


  • Acer palmatum
Height: 15-25ft
Width: 15-25ft
This is the basic, un-grafted seedling form. It has broad green leaves and a mottled gray-green trunk. Fall color is yellow, orange and red.
  • Bloodgood
Height: 15-18ft
Width: 15-18ft
A perfect specimen of a red, upright maple with deep reddish purple foliage. Foliage retains deep color well into the summer. Bright red fall color.
  • Crimson Queen
Height: 9ft
Width: 9ft
Beautiful weeping lace leaf type with striking burgundy foliage. Fall color is bright reddish purple.
  •  Emperor One
Height: 15-20ft
Width: 15-20ft
An upright variety with bright red leaves. It's comparable to Bloodgood, but grows slightly faster. Scarlet fall color.
  • Inaba Shidare
Height: 8-10ft
Width: 4-6ft
An elegant lace leaf specimen with unusually large leaves. Holds its deep reddish burgundy color through the summer. Crimson fall color.
  •  Red Dragon
Height: 4-6ft
Width: 3-4ft
A dwarf form of weeping maple with beautiful red lace like leaves. Does well in containers. Bright red fall color.
  • Sango Kaku
Height: 20-25ft
Width: 18-20ft
This beautiful maple has year round interest. Leaves emerge bright green in the spring, and turn yellow in the fall. Bright red bark is visible in the winter.
  • Seiryu
Height: 10-12ft
Width: 10-12ft
An unusual upright variety with delicate lace like leaves. Bright green leaves turn orange and gold in the fall.
  • Viridis
Height: 4-6ft
Width: 8-12ft
A beautiful example of weeping green lace leaf. Leaves emerge yellow green and have a showy yellow gold fall color.

Sun Tolerance

While most varieties of Japanese maples will not thrive in full sun in our climate, some can adapt to sun very well. Varieties which have broad, red leaves tend to adapt the best, while lace leaf varieties don’t fare as well. The key to successful adaptation is sufficient irrigation, and a thick layer of mulch to blanket the roots away from the trunk.

Tip: When the Sacramento heat is unbearable, application of Bonide™ Wilt Stop can help your tree adapt to the afternoon sun by creating a protective barrier, slowing water loss through the leaves.


Japanese maples have very delicate leaves, with thin branches meaning water doesn’t move very quickly up from the roots, and their leaves will show damage if the soil becomes too dry. A 2-4” layer of mulch around the roots slows the evaporation of water in the soil, keeping the roots cool and moist. To avoid crown rot, keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk of the tree.

The frequency of watering a Japanese maple depends on:

  • Soil texture
  • Sun exposure
  • Wind exposure
  • Size of the tree
  • Season

There is no single answer on how many times per week you should water your tree, because it varies so much depending on the factors listed above. However, it is always a good idea to water deeply, yet infrequently. Each time you water, thoroughly penetrate the root zone, and give the water a chance to evaporate out of the soil before watering again.


When planting, use a slow release starter fertilizer, rich in phosphorus, to help develop a strong root system. We recommend E.B. Stone Organics Sure Start. Japanese maples are sensitive to accumulated salts in the soil, using an organic fertilizer is the best way to avoid that. As the nutrients in organic fertilizers break down, they feed the microorganisms in the soil, slowly releasing nutrients and building the overall health of your soil.

Once the tree is established, feed it regularly with an organic tree and shrub food. Apply fertilizer from the time leaves emerge in spring until dormancy. If your tree is visibly stressed, avoid fertilizing it. Fertilizers are for stimulating growth, and stressed trees need time to recover.


Japanese maples have a naturally graceful growth habit. Accentuate their natural beauty by thinning to allow light into the canopy, and avoid “heading” or “shearing” cuts.

Each year, remove any dead branches or branches that are crossing. It’s always better to prune off a branch while it is small than it is to prune a large branch; it will leave a smaller wound. Avoid early heavy pruning if you would like your maple to acclimate to the sun. The tree will need as much energy as it can get from its leaves to build its sun tolerance. The best time to prune is in late winter, before the tree leafs out. Because it is still dormant, you avoid shocking it too much, and because it has no leaves you can see the structure of the tree more clearly.



Signs of stress mean, it’s time to do an inspection. Closely examining the tree from the roots up is the best way to assess the problem. Keep in mind, a newly planted tree may just be experiencing transplant shock and will likely recover once it’s established.  New trees acclimating to the sun may show signs of sunburn on the outer leaves for the first few years.

Inspection Check List:

  • Starting at the roots, probe the soil with your fingers (wait a few days after watering). Does the soil feel wet? If so, there may be a problem with the drainage, or you are watering too frequently. Tree roots need oxygen as well as water to thrive, so soil should never feel wet for long periods of time.
  • Examine the crown of the tree where the roots meet the trunk. Is it above or below the soil line? The crown should never be allowed to sink below the soil line, or become buried by mulch. The crown should be flush with the soil level. It is easier to add more soil than it is to remove it, so always plant on a slight mound to compensate for settling.
  • How does the tree trunk look? The bark on a Japanese maple is very thin, and damaging it will slow the growth and vigor of the tree. Apply white tree trunk paint to remedy this scorching.
  • Finally, examine the branches and leaves. Leaf curling, ants, oozing sap and yellowing leaves are some symptoms of a pest problem.

    For help identifying a pest, bring a picture or a sample to the Garden Solutions department of any Green Acres Nursery location.

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Topics: Tree, Planning Your Landscape, Pruning, Sacramento Gardening

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Posted by Green Acres Nursery & Supply on Oct 15, 2014 11:22:00 AM



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