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.
Small, mound-forming, strongly weeping tree with arching branches covered with blazing, lacy orange-red leaves in spring, turning dark green to bronze-red in summer, then deep fiery-orange in autumn. Rounded, deeply lobed leaves with lobes tapering to thread-like thinness at the base of the leaf. Fast growing but as it is very pendulous it takes a while to reach its final height. Tiny purple-red flowers in spring followed by red winged fruits. Grow in sun to partial shade. This variety makes a superb weeping feature tree. Height 5-6ft (1.5-1.8m), spread 4-6ft (1.2-1.8m). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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