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.
Upright shrub or small tree with bushy habit, best staked when young to encourage an upright habit if wanted. The palmate leaves are deeply divided in toothless lobes and are a deep maroon to a dark reddish-purple in spring and summer then in autumn they turn to an outstanding bright red before falling. Inconspicuous flowers in spring followed by red-flushed green seed pods. Excellent specimen plant for a sheltered spot in partial shade but it is sun tolerant.Height and spread 3.5m (11.5ft).
Pg = Pot grown.
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