I just bought a nice Coral Bark Japanese Maple and I am trying to determine where to plant it in my backyard
Here is the layout of my backyard, just read below the picture the constrains that I have
- I would like the tree to be visible and be a focal point (position 1)
- I would like to also used it to obtain privacy in the patio area (position 1) respectively to block kitchen to kitchen view ( position 4)
Position 1 seems to expose the tree to wind blowing from W or North (the most frequent . it will also mean full sun all the day long. The picture shows the shadows at noon in August
Position 2 will offer shadow in the morning but full sun in the afternoon. The tree will compete for attention with the big magnolia tree that is just below that position in my neighbor's backyard
Position 4 would be ideal if I would not have a smaller lilac tree just to the left of it. When the Japanese Maple will reach maturity it will dominate and hide that lilac tree completely
Position 3 seems the only reasonable one BUT when the tree reaches maturity it will practically section the L shaped backyard in two blocking the view from from the access gate next to the garage toward point two which one way or the other must become a focal point for whoever enters that gate or sits at the table or on the deck Besides that position 3 puts the tree behind some of the people sitting at the table
An alternate position would be just to the right of that shed but then the tree will not be visible from the deck or patio It will be in the most remote corner of the property.
Below is the wind rose showing frequency and strenght for winds in winter in an area close to Toronto (the airport) . The winds might be less strong within the city Honestly if it would not be the summer sun I would opt for Position 2 How much sun can this tree really take ?
Here is a picture of my tree
For those of you who wonder what I am up to here is the design thread that preceded this one
And here is my rendering