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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
    5-lobed leaves, 5-8cm (2-3in) long
  • Height
    5m (16ft)
  • Spread
    4m (13ft)
  • Tall Shrub
  • Tree
    Upright habit. Inconspicuous flowers in spring. Winged fruits in autumn
  • 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)
  • Partial shade
    Shelter from cold winds and late frosts
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Maximum size in about 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 Colour (if not green)
    Gold variegated
  • 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.

    RHS group 1
    Late autumn to midwinter
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
Acers - Care Guide
Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs - Care Guide
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Trees - Care Guide
5m (16ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  4m (13ft)
 

Buy Varieties of ACER

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ACER palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'

ACER palmatum dissectum 'Viridis'

Green cut-leaf maple

light green, ragged foliage turning crimson in autumn

 
Small
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Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Emerald Lace'

ACER palmatum 'Emerald Lace'

Japanese maple

arching habit with finely divided green leaves

 
Small
£27.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER palmatum 'Japanese Sunrise'

ACER palmatum 'Japanese Sunrise'

Japanese maple

yellow-green leaves in spring, deep green in summer and gold in autumn. Brightly coloured bark. Tolerant of sun

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Kamagata'

ACER palmatum 'Kamagata'

Japanese maple

red-tinted green leaves turning scarlet in autumn

 
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ACER palmatum 'Katsura'

ACER palmatum 'Katsura'

Japanese maple

red stems, golden young foliage

 
Small
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Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'

ACER palmatum 'Metamorphosa'

Japanese maple

a 2018 RHS Plant of the Year finalist. The leaf colour starts a pale yellowish-green, then develops white edging to the leaf in late spring., the leaves turn reddish in parts of the plant in the summer and the autumn colour is a golden-yellow. A true metamorphosis in a season

 
Small
£30.00 each 
Large
£75.00 each 
Specimen
£125.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Okagami'

ACER palmatum 'Okagami'

Japanese maple

purple-red foliage in spring which develops greenish tones and turns red-scarlet in autumn

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Omure Yama'

ACER palmatum 'Omure Yama'

Japanese maple

orange-green foliage in spring turning gold-crimson in autumn. Pendulous habit

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Orange Dream'

ACER palmatum 'Orange Dream'

Japanese maple

yellow-golden leaves unfold in spring becoming greenish in summer and orange-yellow as autumn nears

 
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£65.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Osakazuki'

ACER palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Japanese maple

slightly bronze foliage, scarlet autumn colour

 
Small
£25.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Medium
£50.00  
Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Phoenix'

ACER palmatum 'Phoenix'

Japanese maple

pink-tinted foliage in spring turning red, orange and yellow in autumn

 
Small
£27.50 each 
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Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.
Large
£65.00  
ACER palmatum 'Red Emperor'

ACER palmatum 'Red Emperor'

Japanese maple

red foliage in spring and summer turning crimson-red in autumn. Upright habit

 
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£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

ACER palmatum 'Red Pygmy'

Japanese maple

a slow growing dwarf form with reddish-purple leaves

 
Small
£27.50  
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Roseomarginatum'

ACER palmatum 'Roseomarginatum'

Japanese maple

green foliage is variegated irregularly with white and rose-pink on the edges especially on the new growth

 
Large
£65.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

ACER palmatum 'Sango-kaku'

Coral bark maple, Japanese maple

('Senkaki') - young branches coral-red. Good yellow autumn colour

 
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Medium
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£50.00  
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Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium'

ACER palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium'

Japanese maple

green leaves with 7 long linear segments which are thin and narrow. A very dainty appearance and a soft yellow colouration in autumn. One of the best forms of A.palmatum in the garden at Burncoose

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Shaina'

ACER palmatum 'Shaina'

Japanese maple

upright growing compact and dense variety with bright red new foliage which matures to deep maroon red

 
Small
£27.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER palmatum 'Shidava Gold'

ACER palmatum 'Shidava Gold'

Japanese maple

bright green stem. Fresh green leaves turning gold in autumn

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Shindeshojo'

ACER palmatum 'Shindeshojo'

Spring ruby tree

brilliant glittering scarlet spring foliage becoming shrimp pink and bronzy-green then orange in autumn

 
small
£27.50 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
ACER palmatum 'Shirazz'

ACER palmatum 'Shirazz'

Japanese maple

pink-margined pinkish-green leaves turning scarlet in autumn

 
Large
£65.00 each 
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Available again from APRIL 2023 - When fresh stock arrives
ACER palmatum 'Skeeters Broom'

ACER palmatum 'Skeeters Broom'

Japanese maple

foliage maroon to red in spring turning bright red in autumn. Dense upright habit

 
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£65.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Sumi-nagashi'

ACER palmatum 'Sumi-nagashi'

Japanese maple

red new growth turning bronze-green

 
Small
£27.50  
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£65.00  
ACER palmatum 'Summer Gold'

ACER palmatum 'Summer Gold'

Japanese maple

golden yellow leaves in summer. Shows good resistance to heat and sun

 
small
£27.50  
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Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
Large
£65.00 each 
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ACER palmatum 'Trompenburg'

ACER palmatum 'Trompenburg'

Japanese maple

purplish-red young leaves, later green with red autumn colour

 
Small
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Medium
£50.00  
Large
£65.00 each 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
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Available again from APRIL 2023 - When fresh stock arrives
ACER palmatum 'Ueno Yama'

ACER palmatum 'Ueno Yama'

Japanese maple

intense orange new growth turning orange-green and yellow in autumn

 
Specimen
£80.00 each 
ACER palmatum 'Ukigumo'

ACER palmatum 'Ukigumo'

Floating clouds maple

outstanding variegated foliage of light green freckled and blended with pink and white giving subtle pastel toning

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

ACER pensylvanicum

North American snakebark maple, Snakebark maple, Striped maple

young stems striped white and pale green, leaves yellow in autumn

 
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£65.00 each 
ACER pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum'

ACER pensylvanicum 'Erythrocladum'

North American snakebark maple, Snakebark maple, Striped maple

a very attractive slow growing form with pale yellow summer shoots turning red in winter

 
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ACER platanoides

ACER platanoides

Norway maple

leaves turn clear yellow in autumn

 
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individually £9.50 each , 10+ £9.00 each 
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ACER platanoides 'Crimson King'

ACER platanoides 'Crimson King'

Norway maple

purple Norway maple, wind tolerant

 
H/Std
£70.00 each 
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Available again from SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2022 - Despatch will take place anytime between early September through to late October as stock becomes available.
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