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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
Photos at Time of Purchase
27th April 2014
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.
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