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.
Beni Maiko translates to "red haired dancing girl". Compact, bushy shrub with leaves emerging a brilliant red in spring, turning a pinkish colour and then a green-red in summer. In autumn, the leaves turn a vibrant yellow/orange and deep red before falling. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and is best positioned in slight shade although it is tolerant of full sun. 'Beni Maiko' makes a fantastic small garden tree with particularly good interest in the Spring and Autumn.Height up to 4-5ft (1.2-1.5m), spread to 2-3ft (60-90cm).Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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