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 variety is often referred to as a miniature form of Bloodgood, with its seven lobed leaves which open reddish-pink, turning to burgundy in summer then finally to scarlet in autumn. It holds its colour well. Small green flowers in spring followed by winged red fruits. Upright, dense, bushy habit with new wood almost black, then fading with some stiration appearing. With this and its graceful structure this variety offers good winter interest as well as its stunning appearance for the rest of the year. Height 5ft (1.5m), spread 3.5ft (1m). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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