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Acer palmatum - Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

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  • Known as: Acer palmatum, Japanese Maple
  • Situation: Best in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds and all-day sunshine.
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Eventual Height and Spread: 4m x 2m
  • Larger sizes available

The elegant Acer palmatum widely known as the Japanese maple is a deciduous small tree from Japan, that is renowned for it dazzling varieties of foliage throughout spring and summer. There are a huge range of Japanese Maples to choose from differing greatly in form, leaf shape and of course leaf colour.

Japanese Maples usually have an attractive open habit that requires very little pruning, generally just a tidy-up of any damaged branches will be all that is necessary. Though if done any heavy pruning should be done in late winter.

Caring for the Acer palmatum or Japanese Maple is simple. Japanese Maple requires only moderate watering, but must be kept moist when in full leaf, this is especially true if containerised. Look to feed the Japanese Maple once a
month through late April to September.

Japanese Maple will do best in well-drained soil in a bright but sheltered spot that has protection from midday summer sun, generally if you can keep Japanese Maple in a sheltered site not in south facing hot spots and not in more than part shade it will thrive. Another thing to watch with the Japanese Maple is strong winds. Most varieties will cope with moderate winds, but strong winds will cause leaf damage.

Japanese Maples can offer all year round interest, the elegant branch structure gives great interest through the colder months, and the fantastic show of dazzling foliage will give excellent form and colour through spring and summer.

Japanese Maple makes a wonderful focal point in a small courtyard, or in a Japanese-style garden or is a super choice in a container or small garden.

More about our varieties of Japanese Maple:

  • 'Orange Dream' - striking yellow-orange foliage turning a limey-green in summer.
  • 'Katsura' - orange foliage in early spring, turning yellow in summer with orange margins.
  • 'Beni shichihenge' - Intensely pink spring color of any variegated maple changing to from pink to cream in summer.
  • 'Butterfly'- Soft pastel pink in spring changing to creamy white edges with blue green centers in the summer.

Known as: Acer palmatum, Japanese Maple.

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