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.
An easy to grow, spectacular, slow growing variety with an
upright habit and a rounded crown. Its palmate leaves emerge salmon-pink in spring then turn to golden lime green in summer followed in autumn with an array of colours - coral pink, salmon, scarlet and red before falling. A good variety for container planting where ericaceous or neutral compost should be used. Also a beautiful specimen for garden borders. For best colours plant in a sheltered spot in dappled shade. Height 2m (7ft), spread 2m (7ft). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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