Acer palmatum

Japanese Maple – what to expect for Winter

Acer trees (Japanese Maple) really are a sight to behold at this time of year sporting fiery red, orange and yellow autumn foliage. If you have recently purchased an Acer you might be wondering why it is suddenly dropping leaves, there is no need to worry as Acers are deciduous and will be dormant from November through to early February. Acers don’t like to sit too wet while dormant so don’t worry about watering potted Acers until Spring time.
Although hardy, the new growth in Spring is pretty tender so make sure your Acer has plenty of shelter from cold winds and protection from late frosts.  When the new leaves start to emerge you can feed your Acer with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser and look forward to glorious spring colour.