The Japanese Maple on the west side of our home still had its leaves on November 21 when I took this photo. I remember digging the hole to plant it. The Georgia clay was dense and there were a lot of roots making the task difficult. It was about 3 feet tall when we planted it in late April 1996. We received the little tree as a wedding gift from Chet and Abby.
The young maple didn’t grow much in the first three years — we were concerned that it wasn’t getting enough sunlight because it is surrounded by large trees. But it was establishing a strong root system — now this tree is 15 feet tall! (Lots of lessons there.) This gift could last for many decades, sharing clean air and seasonal colors with its appreciative human neighbors.