Japanese maple

Acer palmatum

Japanese maple - Acer palmatum

Common Name: Japanese maple
Genus: Acer
Species: palmatum

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce. Palmatum is a reference to the hand shaped leaves.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, Red, Yellow

Soil Type: Acidic
Ericaceous: Requires a neutral or acid soil (or ericaceous compost), with a pH of 7 or below
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: red winged fruit in late summer

    The beautiful deciduous foliage of this small round-headed tree is attractively lobed and turns from its usual mid green in autumn to take on shades on yellow, orange and red before it falls. In late spring tiny purple-red flowers are borne in small pendulous clusters and are followed in late summer by charming winged fruits which float down from the branches when they are ripe.

  • Garden care: Add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in late spring. No routine pruning is required. Remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in April when the plant is in full growth.


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