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ACER

Commonly known as Japanese maple

SPECIMEN SIZED VARIETIES OF ACER PALMATUM ARE IN 7.5 OR 10 LITRE POTS AND ARE ALL APPROXIMATELY 4-6 FEET IN HEIGHT.

SPECIMEN SIZED VARIETIES OF ACER PALMATUM DISSECTUM ARE SMALLER GROWING AND THEREFORE CONSIDERABLY SMALLER IN SIZE ALTHOUGH OF A SIMILAR AGE.

 Genus of 120 species of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, from woodlands mainly, in Europe, northern Africa, Asia and North and Central America.

Some form large trees and others are understorey plants. The most popular decorative forms are from the palmatum group, Japanese maples which have been cultivated in Japan for centuries and is a well-known temple tree and bonsai subject . They have appeared in art forms for centuries.

Palmatum (hand-like) was the name given by Swedish doctor-botanist Carl Peter Thunberg late in the 18th century, following the ancient Japanese where they were likened to hands of frogs or hands of babies.

The UK representative is the field maple, A. campestre, a medium-sized tree favouring chalk soils but widely planted. It is a wildlife plant attractive to aphids which are preyed on by ladybirds, hoverflies and birds. Caterpillars eat the leaves and the nectar and pollen in the flowers attract insects as well.

The wood has the highest density of all the European maples and is used for veneers and harps.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Deeply cut leaves often have curved lobes
  • Height
    4m (13ft)
  • Spread
    4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Round-headed shrub
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold winds and late frosts.
  • Partial shade
    Colour is better in partial shade
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Syn. Kagiri-nishiki
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch, honey fungus.
    Place of origin
    China, Korea, Japan.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
4m (13ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

Buy Varieties of ACER

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ACER campestre

ACER campestre

Common maple, Field maple, Hedge maple

 
pot grown
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ACER campestre 'Red Shine'

ACER campestre 'Red Shine'

Common maple, Field maple, Hedge maple

new leaves emerge red in spring, maturing to green in summer. Good yellow autumn colour. Upright, pyramidal habit

 
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£20.00 each 
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ACER capillipes

ACER capillipes

Red snake-bark maple

young growth coral-red, attractive autumn tinting, striated bark

 
Small
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£18.00 each 
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Large
£60.00 each 
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ACER cappadocicum 'Aureum'

ACER cappadocicum 'Aureum'

Cappadocian maple, Caucasian maple

yellow young leaves turning green then yellow again in autumn

 
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ACER cappadocicum 'Rubrum'

ACER cappadocicum 'Rubrum'

Cappadocian maple, Caucasian maple

young new shoots are a highly attractive deep red which gradually fades

 
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£25.00 each 
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Not available until May 2022 -
ACER x conspicuum 'Mozart'

ACER x conspicuum 'Mozart'

Snake-bark maple

an outstanding new selection with silver striped deep-purple bark

 
£40.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER x conspicuum 'Phoenix'

ACER x conspicuum 'Phoenix'

Snake-bark maple

white striping on the bark and bright red new shoots which hold their colour into winter

 
Small
£45.00  
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
£70.00 each 
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ACER x conspicuum 'Silver Cardinal'

ACER x conspicuum 'Silver Cardinal'

Snake-bark maple

white striped bark and red young shoots. The green leaves are blotched and streaked with white and pink when young

 
£45.00 each 
ACER davidii

ACER davidii

Père David's maple, Snakebark maple

Small tree with striated green and white bark. Excellent autumn colouring

 
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£25.00 each 
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Large
£65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER davidii 'Serpentine'

ACER davidii 'Serpentine'

Snakebark maple

the most striking striated bark of all the davidii cultivars. Suitable for smaller gardens. Young shoots dark red with conspicuous white veins.

 
Medium
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Large
£65.00 each 
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ACER x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'

ACER x freemanii 'Autumn Blaze'

Maple

a hybrid between A. rubrum and A. saccharinum with deeply cut leaves turning orange-red in autumn

 
H/Std
£65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
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ACER griseum

ACER griseum

Paper-bark maple

bark peels and flakes when mature to reveal light brown underbark. Good autumn colour

 
2 year
£19.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£70.00 each 
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ACER japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

ACER japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Downy Japanese maple

('Filicifolium'.) Deeply cut green leaves turning crimson in autumn. Small red flowers in spring before the leaves emerge

 
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£30.00 each 
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Large
£65.00  
ACER macrophyllum

ACER macrophyllum

Big leaf maple, Oregon maple

large dark green deeply lobed leaves which turn a bright orange in autumn. Fragrant yellow flowers in clusters followed by bristly fruit

 
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£50.00 each 
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ACER negundo 'Flamingo'

ACER negundo 'Flamingo'

Ash-leaved maple, Box elder, Water ash

pink margin on young leaves gradually changes to white

 
Bush
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£20.00 each 
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ACER negundo 'Kellys Gold'

ACER negundo 'Kellys Gold'

Ash-leaved maple, Box elder, Water ash

small deciduous tree with choice soft golden foliage

 
Bush
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£22.50 each 
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ACER palmatum

ACER palmatum

Japanese maple

green Japanese maple. Japanese maples will not generally tolerate exposed windy sites and prefer sheltered protection

 
2/3 year
£17.50 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
ACER palmatum 'Asahi-zuru'

ACER palmatum 'Asahi-zuru'

Japanese maple

pinkish white variegation on young leaves later turning three coloured as the green shows through

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

ACER palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Blood-leaf Japanese maple

purple Japanese maple, brilliant red in autumn

 
2/3 year
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£25.00 each 
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Large
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£50.00 each 
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Specimen
£75.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Beni-otake'

ACER palmatum 'Beni-otake'

Japanese maple

dwarfish maple with deeply dissected foliage of deep reddish purple

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Beni-schichihenge'

ACER palmatum 'Beni-schichihenge'

Japanese maple

leaves marginated pinkish white or almost entirely orange pink

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood'

ACER palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Japanese maple

striking dark purplish-red foliage, bright red in autumn

 
Small
£25.00 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Medium
£50.00  
Large
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£65.00 each 
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Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Butterfly'

ACER palmatum 'Butterfly'

Japanese maple

palmate leaves suffused cream & pink

 
Small
£25.00 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ACER palmatum 'Corallinum'

ACER palmatum 'Corallinum'

Japanese maple

salmon-pink new growth in spring. Orange-red to pink-red in autumn

 
£30.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER palmatum 'Crippsii'

ACER palmatum 'Crippsii'

Japanese maple

elegant slow growing form with finely cut bronze-red leaves

 
Large
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Burgundy Lace'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Burgundy Lace'

Cut leaf maple, Japanese maple

a small spreading tree with wine-red leaves divided into narrowly toothed lobes

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Princess'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Princess'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

red new growth turning bronze in summer and scarlet in autumn

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Crimson Queen'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

deep reddish purple throughout the summer with fiery autumn tones

 
Small
£27.50 each 
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Available again from summer 2022 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum dissectum 'Flavescens'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Flavescens'

Japanese maple

green-yellow divided leaves with orange-yellow autumn colour

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2023 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Garnet'

Cut-leaf maple, Japanese maple

strong growing form with deep garnet-red leaves with finely cut lobes

 
Small
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£27.50 each 
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Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2023 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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