Deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, grown for their foliage, which often colours brilliantly in autumn, and in some cases for their ornamental bark or stems. Fully to frost hardy, requires sun or semi-shade. Many Acers produce their best autumn colour on neutral to acid soil.
When to plant
Plant from early autumn through winter, so typically October to March.
Where to plant
- These slow-growing small trees are ideal for smaller gardens; but can make a great feature in any garden
- Japanese maples are hardy but do best in a spot sheltered from strong winds. Red-and purple-leaved cultivars need some sun to fully develop their dark hues. Variegated Japanese maples need partial shade to prevent the afternoon sun from scorching the foliage. Green-leaved forms tolerate full sun, but are best in dappled shade as very bright conditions can sometimes cause scorch
- Japanese maples do best in slightly acidic humus-rich, well-drained soils. They will be fine in most soils, however, you can improve them by digging in well-rotted organic matter such as garden compost or bags of garden centre soil improver.
Price: £ 65
Size: approx. 120 cm