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 bushy, upright small tree with strong structure, refined beauty and of great ornamental value. Deep purple-red palmate leaves with 5 to 7
slender pointed lobes and serrated edges which hold their colour well all summer and turn a stunning bright red in autumn. Considered by many to be one of the best purple leaved, reasonably vigorous Acer. The small purple flowers are followed by red winged fruits. Prefers to be in partial shade, but will tolerate full sun if sheltered from the wind. Height 7-12ft (2.1-3.7cm), spread 7-12ft (2.1-3.7cm). Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £35 - saving £4.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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