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.
Fascinating, unusual acer with 5-7 lobed leaves with individual trailing lobes very long and narrow. As the tree matures the length of the leaf lobes increases. Due to its delicate nature it should be planted in sun or partial shade but out of mid-day sun, and protected from strong winds. However, in a gentle breeze the effect is stunning as the entire tree appears to move gracefully. Leaves are apple green in spring and summer, then burnished bronze and golden yellow in autumn. Very slow growing eventually reaching about 3 metres (10ft) with rounded head. The smooth light green bark adds winter interest.Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
This plant is registered for Plant Breeders' Rights. Propagation by unlicensed growers is prohibited.
Pg = Pot grown.
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