5 Japanese Maples to consider

5 Japanese Maples to consider

Have you thought about purchasing a Japanese Maple to enhance your garden? The Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum) at our tree nursery in West Sussex are continuing to transform our nursery into a stunning array of colour and foliage.

Japanese Maples are deciduous trees and are renowned for their delicate foliage and graceful growing habit. They provide a superb addition to any garden adding elegance and beautiful spring, summer and autumn colours. They are an ideal choice for any garden, and if space is at a premium, they can grow very successfully in pots.

For a premium growth of our Japanese Maple we would suggest keeping it in a sheltered area where it would grow best, this is due to their delicate foliage. Red and purple varieties require some sun to fully develop their rich dark colours. Variegated varieties should have partial shade to prevent the strong afternoon sunshine scorching their foliage. Green-leaved varieties are more tolerant of full sun, but again it is best to keep them in semi-shade to help avoid scorching their foliage.

We have an extensive range of Japanese Maples in stock, and if you are considering planting one, here are five you may like to consider: –

Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’

Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ is a low-growing tree with a mound forming head. Its deep cut green leaves emerge in the spring along with its red-purple flowers. During the autumn, its foliage turns various shades of yellow, orange and red along with bright red fruits. Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ should be planted in partial shade in a sheltered position.  It has an eventual height and spread of approximately 1-2.5m.

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ is a medium sized, bushy Japanese Maple with an upright growth habit. Its golden yellow foliage emerges in spring, which turns yellow\green during the summer months. During the autumn, it will turn a spectacular orange\gold. Its reddish-purple flowers may be followed by red fruits. Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ has an eventual height of 5m.

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’

Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’ is a small Japanese Maple with a graceful, spreading habit. It produces orange\red foliage in the spring, which turns a bronze-red during the summer months, before turning a deep, fiery orange in the autumn. Tiny, reddish-purple flowers appear in spring, which are followed by red-flushed green fruits in the summer. Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Orangeola’ prefers a sheltered position, and has an eventual height of 2 -2.5m and spread of 1 -1.5m.

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ is one of the larger specimens of Japanese Maples, as it can grow to between 4-8m with a spread of 2.5-4m. This variety can be grown as a shrub or small tree. Its coral red young branches are very prominent during the winter months, giving some much-needed colour. The five-lobed leaves open a pinkish-yellow in the spring, turning green during the summer, before turning yellow in the autumn. Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’ produces small, reddish flowers.

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ is a slow growing Japanese maple, with an upright, compact growth habit. Its deeply lobed leaves are maroon red during the spring and summer months, before turning a bright red in the autumn. Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ can tolerate being planted in full sun, but aware of the afternoon sunshine. It has an eventual height of 2.5m.

Japanese Maples are an excellent choice due to their stunning colours, and attractive, delicate foliage. Come and visit Arundel Arboretum, where our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist in choosing the right one for you and your garden.

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