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Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum).Very ornamental, slow growing, small deciduous trees or small to medium size bushes which need a sheltered position protected from cold winds, especially from the east. They make perfect specimens for virtually any garden, are generally pest free, disease resistant and heat and humidity tolerant, and as their beauty increases with age, to plant one or more is a worthwhile lifetime investment.
To prevent leaf scorch to their filigree leaves plant in a position out of the early morning sun. Acers prefer a rich soil which is acidic to neutral, moist but free draining. If planting in a container an ericaceous compost or John Innes No. 3 is best used. Tiny purple-red flowers are produced in spring, these being followed by red winged fruits in late summer.
Red tinted shoots onto which fine light green leaves unfold in spring turning to emerald green with occasional delicate red edges in summer, then turning to an amazing deep purple-red burgundy with tints of orange in autumn. Small pendent clusters of tiny reddish-purple flowers late spring followed by red-winged fruits in summer. Beautiful specimen plant with a softly rounded crown, either in the ground or in a container. Heat and sun tolerant and more resistant to leaf burn than some acers. Height 2-2.5ft (60-75cm), spread 3ft (90cm). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £35 - saving £4.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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