The Acer Palmatum

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Four Acer Trees bought from Morrisons Flower shop around 27th April 2014. Two Red and two Green – lets see how they grow! Initially planted in a a small square plot as shown.

  • 2x Acer Palmatum Atropurpureum
  • 2 x Acer Palmatum Orange Dream
Acer
25th July 2014
Acer
25th July 2014
Acer
25th July 2014

Photos at Time of Purchase

27th April 2014

Acer

Acer

Acer

Acer

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Background

Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems.

‘Atropurpureum’ is a small tree of bushy habit, with deep purple leaves divided into about 7 lobes, and becoming red in autumn. Inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring may be followed by winged, purple fruits.

‘Orange dream’ is masses of tiny, red, spring flowers contrasting beautifully against beautiful orange-green leaves. This bushy, spreading Japanese maple is an ideal specimen tree for a small garden or perfect for a large container, its elegant, open shape looks especially good silhouetted next to buildings.

Where I planted

Planted to the left next to the Cordyline.

 

Acer
25th July 2014

Further Info

Some Info from RHS here and here.

Things to Remember

  • Add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in late spring.
  • No routine pruning is required.
  • Like other Japanese maples, it needs a sunny or partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds.
  • It is suitable for growing in a large container, using John Innes No 3 compost, but must be kept well-watered.
  • Likes a sandy humus rich soil
  • Feed with general purpose fertilizer during the growing season