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.
A very attractive, multi-stemmed variety with slender, upright, columnar habit with small, neat, deeply divided, palmate, lobed leaves. These are bright red in spring becoming deep red in summer and turning bright ruby-red in autumn. Ideal lawn specimen or for planting in a mixed border. Also good in large containers. Plant in sun or light shade in moist, well drained soil. Height 7ft (2m), spread 4ft (120cm). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £35 - saving £4.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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