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.
A vigorous, upright, architectural plant which forms a colourful shrub or small tree. The palmate leaves which are mid-green in spring and summer, are divided into narrow, lance-shaped, toothless leaflets. In autumn they turn to shades of bright red, yellow and orange before falling. The colour is best if grown in part shade but it is tolerant of full sun, and best in a sheltered position. Inconspicuous flowers in spring followed in autumn by winged seed pods which are red flushed green Height 4m (13ft), spread 2m (6.5ft). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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