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Lakes Nursery has the largest section of Japanese maples in Northern California! We're open to the public EVERY DAY from 9-5, no appointment necessary. We can be contacted by phone at (530)885-1027. We're located west of Auburn, at 8435 Crater Hill Road, Newcastle, CA.

Japanese Maples: We stock hundreds of Japanese maple varieties and thousands of trees. We have as many as 300+ different cultivars of Japanese maples at any one time!  We've been in business for nearly 40 years and with our decades of experience, we can help you with selection, placement, planting, care, pruning, watering, problems, and all other things related to maples. We have demonstration gardens and plantings on our grounds including a Japanese garden with large koi pond, and are developing additional gardens.

Unique Plants & Conifers: We always have a large selection of unusual and uncommon varieties of plants, unique conifers, and specimen plants.

Shade Trees & other plants: We have a large selection of trees and shrubs including the best selection of large, landscape-sized shade trees in the area.

Bamboo: We're have the largest stock of bamboo in the area. We have dozens of different varieties of bamboo, including both spreading and non-spreading varieties. We have mature groves on our acreage that we harvest and propagate, and visitors are welcome to stroll through these groves. We can help you choose a bamboo for your garden and can offer advice on containment, placement, planting, watering, and care.

Current News: Fall deliveries!!! . Lots of new Japanese maples, lots of unique plants, including hundreds of new conifers! Check out our updated Conifer page on this site.

FALL COLOR!!! Fall color starts the last week in October and continues through the month of November. The first part of November is usually peak season for Japanese maple color.  

If you are coming from Lincoln, be aware that there may be detour due to construction on Chili Hill Road. For more complete info, check our 'Map to Nursery'.

On Sale Now: Click on the "On Sale Now" button for detailed information on current sales. We have decided to extend our spring sale on #2 size Japanese maples, regularly $39.95, now only $30.00. Larger than our #1 size Japanese maples, these trees are just $5 more. On sale through fall or until they all sell. Also check out our "Plain Japanese Maples" along the back fence. These are trees that have lost their variegation but otherwise, are great trees at a great price! Check out our sale page for more information on these or drop by our nursery and check them out.

Encore Azaleas! These azaleas bloom heavily in the spring, take a brief rest, then re-bloom throughout spring, summer, and often well into December. In this area, we typically have blooms about 8 months of the year or more. In bloom now.

Water Questions:

We suggest contacting your local water agency for questions on water restrictions. Most mature trees, including Japanese maples, as well as most established shrubs, can tolerate a reduction in water frequency. Water deeply to encourage deep roots. Use drip irrigation. Apply 2-4" of mulch around the base of the tree or shrub but away from the trunk, to the drip line  or beyond to retain soil moisture.

Water young, newly-planted trees more often. Plants in containers need regular watering but you may extend the length of time between watering by repotting into a larger container. Lawns account for the greatest part of your household water use.

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