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INTRODUCING THE 'SCARLET PRINCESS' Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery is pleased to introduce a new red dissectum dwarf variety of Acer Palmatum which was developed as a witches broom at Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery. The new variety has been named Acer palmatum dissectum 'Scarlet Princess'. There is no other comparable dwarf red dissectum in the world. It has compact nodes and color holds equally well to Crimson Queen. Uniform Grower. Perfect specimen for containers, small spaces, patios, etc. Mail orders available by contacting Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery. For more information, please call (910) 270-4723.


Since 1984 Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery- located in Hampstead, NC, 20 miles north of Wilmington, NC- has specialized in the care and maintenance of Japanese Maples.

With over 60 Japanese Maple cultivars and 5,000 trees, we offer a great selection of containerized and ball and burlap trees. Upright varieties such as Bloodgood, Red Emperor, Coral Bark, and Seiryu to name a few are available up to 10 feet.

Our special niche is bonsai style cut leaf specimens including popular varieties such as Crimson Queen, Tamukeyama, Waterfall, Palmatifidium, and APAD. Through our pruning methods, 9 feet tall and 12 feet wide cut leafs look like giant bonsai.

Our trees have withstood the rigors of southern summers with its inherent high heat and humidity and we have also demonstrated that Japanese Maples can thrive in full sun. The majority of our trees are grafted in house and they are root pruned every year so that they can be moved at any time of the year.

We encourage you to visit our grounds and Japanese Garden complete with a replica of a Japanese tea house or Garden House. The nursery is nestled in 11 acres of pine and hardwood forest. Garden and nursery tours and lectures are available upon request. Hope to share our love of maples with you soon!

Thomas & Nancy Ash

I moved to Hampstead with my family in 2006. The idea was to be in more peaceful environs but close enough to still be convenient to Wilmington where my wife and I own and operate Prima Day Spa. I had been fortunate enough to find a home with a decent sized parcel of land off Hwy. 210 West.

I pride myself in being pretty good about knowing my surroundings but as it turned out, it would be several months before I found a wondrous place that lay secluded in the woods some 150 yards or so behind my home. I had walked the dirt roads that were blocked off behind my land and I found a large wooded plot that was fenced in. It had occurred to me that there must be quite an estate within this property belted by a stand of tall trees interrupted only by a sturdy double gate that opened to a winding private road, disappearing into a lush forest. I imagined that the owners must feel quite fortunate to have such a special and secluded homestead. Being the curious sort, I really wanted to know more about this place but it would be some time before I ventured in.

Finally a neighbor informed me that he knew a man that had bought some trees form the owners of this land and that it was quite a place. Well as it turned out, I was in store for an awesome spectacle that was created by a local couple who took tree farming to one of it's higher forms; the cultivation and propagation of Japanese Maples. The Ash's tree farm, owned and operated by Thomas and Nancy Ash, spreads over 11 acres and grows some of the most beautiful and ornate trees to grace the lawns and gardens of many a proud property owner for miles around.

J. Saucier




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