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.
Slow growing, sturdy, outstanding variety with dense, compact habit with lobed leaves emerging in spring with a claret coloured flush then fading in summer to a brilliant fresh green tipped with red, finally turning yellow and red come autumn. Ideal for small gardens and a fantastic variety for containers or for training as a bonsai. The leaf colour is best if planted in partial shade, but it is tolerant of full sun, however it should be sheltered from drying winds. Height 1m (39ins), spread 1m (39ins).Special offer on 3 Litre Japanese Maples - buy 2 for £40 - saving £9.98.
Pg = Pot grown.
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