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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 with 7 long, slender lobes
  • Height
    4m (13ft)
  • Spread
    4m (13ft)
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Tall Shrub
    Inconspicuous flowers in spring. Winged fruits in autumn
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Partial shade
    Shelter from cold winds and late frosts
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Syn. 'Shinobuga-oka'. Maximum size in 10-20 years
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch, honey fungus.
    Place of origin
    China, Korea, Japan.
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Patio / pot plants
    Suitable for small gardens
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf form
    Palmate
    (see photos above)
  • 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.

    Late autumn to midwinter
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
4m (13ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

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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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ACER capillipes

ACER capillipes

Red snake-bark maple

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

 
Small
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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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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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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

 
£25.00 each 
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Large
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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
£50.00 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
£80.00 each 
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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
£20.00 each 
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Large
£80.00 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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Large
£75.00  
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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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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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
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