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ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'
Commonly known as Japanese maple
This is a simply stunning brand new Japanese maple shown for the first time ever at Chelsea by Burncoose Nurseries and entered into the RHS Plant of the Year competition.
It was bred by Mr van Meuwen and Mr Keijzer of Solid Plants in the Netherlands who have patented it.
The plant starts the year with yellow spring leaves ringed with a reddish-pink edge before gradually turning light green. The edges then fade to light pink before becoming green with a white edge. In late summer the leaves turn to orange-red before becoming red-violet in the autumn. A true metamorphosis in a single season and arguably the best new Japanese maple for decades.
Deciduous - foliage turns gradually to pale green and pale pink with new growth yellow and pink. Autumn colouring is orange-red to red-violet.
Height - 3-4m (10-13ft)
Spread - 3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - fast-growing but remains compact. Light orange bark turning green.
Hardy - very cold winter - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Full sun - shelter from cold winds and late frosts
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch, honey fungus
Place of origin - China, Korea, Japan. Garden origin. Netherlands. Messrs Jos van Meuwen and Arjan Keijzer, Solid Plants.
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil
Tree Shape - Rounded to broadly spreading