Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum), is a beautiful a group of trees - many cultivars cover a range of sizes, leaf color and forms. A suitable variety can be found to fit most any scale landscape. The pretty form, leaf texture and spectacular fall foliage make them a great feature in the garden.
The trunk and branches of this Cutleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum var. dissectum) have an amazing sculptural character.
And now the reasosn for my choice. The picture above is a close up of my Acer Palmatum 'Burgundy Lace,' which was planted in memory of my dear mother who passed away in 2000. How fitting that she should be honored with a beautiful plant, she who created beauty out of whatever she touched. She not only grew flowers, but created amazing arrangements with them, and finally painted them.
My mother passed on to me her love of beauty and flowers, but she did so much more. She spent her life serving our family with a quiet and gentle spirit. She made our lives rich with love.
And so, I choose the Japanese Maple this month to honor my mother - a woman who excelled in all that really mattered in life.