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 Acer is commonly known as the Spring Ruby Tree due to its amazing spring colouring with the leaves opening an intense shrimp pink, looking from a distance like brilliant flowers. These delicate lobed leaves slowly change through mottled red to green in the summer before changing to reddish orange in the autumn before falling. During the summer a second flush of leaves will emerge providing a further brief flush of pink. It will form a compact, bushy shrub or small tree with upright branches which spread out to form almost a layered effect. The bark is an attractive red-brown.
Plant in moist but well drained acid to neutral soil in a position sheltered from strong winds and out of early morning sun. The best leaf colour is obtained if it is grown in partial shade. Height 4-8ft (1.5-2.5m), spread 4-8ft (1.5-2.5m). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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