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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: 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 over 20 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.

Summer News:  Encore azaleas are blooming again after a brief rest and will continue to bloom until frost. Our current summer Japanese maple sale includes most #2 Japanese maples.

We're often asked about planting in summer. Yes, it's okay as long as the plant receives regular water and attention through the summer months. Although spring and fall planting are often quoted as ideal, most plants would prefer their roots in the cooler, moist summer soil rather than in a hot plastic container all summer waiting for the "ideal fall planting time'" However, there are exceptions to so please ask about your particular plant and location.

Fall planting is still considered the optimal time to landscape and plant. However, selection in most nurseries can be less and landscapers are very busy at that time of year. If you are considering postponing landscaping and planting in the fall, we suggest selecting and purchasing most large trees and shrubs ahead of time. Selection in nurseries is better, and if your trees or shrubs need to be special-ordered, they can be delivered to our nursery and can be ready for planting in fall. Landscapers and deliveries can also be scheduled ahead of time. We are happy to hold most purchased, large trees and shrubs until fall if a customer asks.

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 until the end of the summer.

Encore Azaleas! We still have a great selection, however we won't get another until next year. Lots of varieties. 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.

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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