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.
This distinctive form was originally discovered as a witch's broom mutation on Bloodgood. Upright habit, but densly clothed to the base, making a wall of rich red, so planted closely together could form an outstanding barrier. The five lobed, claw-like leaves with serrated edges, are a fantastic bright red in spring, turning brilliant burgundy wine-red in summer, then bright crimson in autumn. Prefers partial shade, but will tolerate full sun. Height 4-5ft (1.2-1.5cm), spread 3-4ft (90-120cm). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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