Citrus Lemon Meyer Improved And Acer palmatum ‘Beni Schichihenge’

Compact Enough For Container Growth Indoors Or Out!

Grow lemons on the patio and enjoy the sight and scent of indoor winter blooms with this container-sized Lemon tree! Compact enough even for urban balconies and limited-space gardens, Meyer Improved will begin bearing large, juicy, thick-skinned fruit at an early age and just keep producing!Even if there were no fruit at all, this evergreen would be attractive enough to grow as an ornamental.
The leaves are lush and glossy, the small white flowers (arising indoors in late winter, just when the house needs some color and scent!) are intensely fragrant, and the habit is upright and well-branched. Depending on the size container and pruning you give it, this tree could reach 8 feet high and 10 feet wide, but can also be kept smaller.The lemons are the real prize of Meyer Improved, however. They arise in clusters of about 6 after the blooms pass. Thin immediately to about 2 or 3 per cluster, unless you want more plentiful but much smaller fruits. The fruit is very juicy, with an extra-thick skin that’s great for zesting. Not just ornamental, these are delicious lemons you will find yourself slicing, zesting, and squeezing all year.
Give this tree plenty of sunshine and water indoors and out. When you bring it inside for the winter, place it before your sunniest window and rotate it frequently to get sunlight to all the leaves. It will reward you with a whole season of beauty before it’s time to take it outdoors again for the warm weather!This lemon is self-pollinating, so you need plant only one. And if you like the idea of growing fruit on the patio, consider pairing it with Avocado Don Gillogly, another container-grown marvel! Lemons and Avocados favor the same conditions and make a fine pair!

No Leaf Scorch Here – Its Variegation is Superbly Uniform and Stable!

Perfect for containers.
Few Japanese Maples can boast a spring foliage display as impressive as their fall color, but ‘Beni Schichihenge’ is a wonderful exception. Its new leaves uncurl from crimson stems that keep their color all the way through summer and fall. With 5 to 7 long, slender, pointed lobes, the foliage is striking in shape as well as color, but the dark green base is edged in silvery-white and splashed in pink and orange, for an unforgettable spring display. The white edging remains into summer, and then the tree transforms itself again for autumn. Its name means “”red and changeful,”\” and ‘Beni Schichihenge’ certainly lives up to that with every season.
In autumn, the foliage turns brilliant shades of orange and gold, remaining on the tree for several weeks before dropping. All Japanese Maples are spectacular in the fall, but this one offers colors so bright they seem to glow.The dwarf habit of this tree makes it ideal for smaller gardens and, north of its hardiness range, containers. It reaches just 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide in 10 years, making it a fine accent for the front garden, patio, or any high-interest garden area. Put it in a large container on wheels and move it to a temperate location for winter north of its zone 5 hardiness limit; such dazzling color should not be missed.
Best of all, this Japanese Maple is highly resistant to leaf scorch, which has become a problem with many cultivars in today’s hotter summers. Give it full sun in the north, afternoon or dappled shade farther south, and its foliage will remain fresh and colorful, unstressed by the brutal summer sun. It’s hard to imagine Japanese Maples becoming any easier to care for, but ‘Beni Schichihenge’ has even achieved this! Don’t miss this delightful small accent.