I just had to share this wonderful maple I found at Lowes (!!) here this past weekend. I was completely shocked to find this there as I had no idea they would have such variety. I was searching for a simple pine for my yard, saw this, and bought it immediately. They also had two 3-4ft tall Japanese white pines but I didn’t snag those, still focusing on black pines at the moment.
When I took it home I realized I needed to build my own pot, I did so and proceeded to repot. The leaves are already extending out of the buds so I know I was in the clear in terms of repot timing. The massive plastic container and insane weight was reduced to something I could easily pick up after I removed the caked on clay soil and freed up the roots.
Anyways, just wanted to share and any input (tips with these maples, pot comments, substrate, etc.) are always appreciated!
Also, you can see a ~10 yr old almond in bloom in the background in the 1st photo. I collected that 2 years ago and this is the first year it’s in bloom. That tree is going to be a challenge with that trunk, as you can see the wicked bend and slight reverse taper. I’ll save that for another post here