25cm Acer palm 'Little Princess' | 13cm Pot
An easy to care for Japanese maple featuring beautiful red and green foliage
Also referred to as 'Little Princess', this Japanese maple will develop young shoots in Spring that boast a beautifully vibrant red shade. During Autumn, these leaves will evolve into a yellow colour, and are adorned by red accents. This variety has a 'low' growth habit, and will hence reach a more significant width (where it will exceed over 100 centimetres in length). This plant's care will not necessitate pruning, however, if you wish to do so, we advise you to undertake pruning during late Summer, or early Autumn. Please note, although this Japanese maple requires sun exposure, it should ideally not be directly exposed between midday and 3pm.
When planting, please ensure that you use a sufficient amount of potting soil.
|Foliage Colour||Red - Green - Yellow|
|Features||Deep-red foliage, striking silhouette, easy to care for.|
|Supplied As||13cm pot|
|Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy.||20 - 25cm|
|Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions.||150 x 100cm (5 x 3.3ft)|
|Supplied As||Height On ArrivalTitle||Supplied By||Price||Link||Image|
|Bare Root||0.3m Bare Root Primrose-Supplied Tree
|3L Pot||0.3m 3L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
|18L Pot||1.5m 18L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
|30L Pot||1.8m 30L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
The key is to regularly water your newly-planted trees, at least bimonthly for two months. It is also important to ensure you select a location where your tree has enough space, which you can calculate from a variety's eventual height and spread (detailed above).
Bare-root and containerised trees have differing planting requirements. With bare-root, it is important to soak your tree's roots in water for up to two hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is crucial to drench their rootballs. If you have a bare-root tree, it can be useful to prune woody roots back a few inches, whilst containerised trees should have their spiralised roots freed (that is, if they appear to be growing around the rootball's circumference). When planting your bare-root trees, we advise you to dig a hole to ensure that the graft point is above the soil, and when planting containerised trees, the pot must rest no lower than one inch below the ground.
Bare root and containerised trees do also share planting requirements. Firstly, dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Then stake your tree no more than two to three inches from the stem, pointing away from the prevailing wind. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi, additionally ensuring that you do not compress the soil. After providing your tree with a generous watering, add mulch on top (whether bark and wood chippings, or compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and make sure that this doesn't touch the stem. Tie the stake to your tree, leaving space for growth. You can then conclude by placing a rabbit guard around your tree.
Come Spring, we encourage you to apply fertilser and replace decomposed mulch, and check the ties for no rubbing. In Autumn, collect the fallen leaves.
The image on the right details an accurate indication of the size and quality of the plant you will receive.
All trees arrive in a specially made, extra thick, cardboard box with a clamp to hold the pot in place at the bottom of the box. This prevents any movement during transit, keeping your plant as safe as possible.
We use the same specialised box as our potted trees to ensure safe transit.
Maple trees are wonderfully easy to grow. Your tree’s growth and output will likely be fine providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common topics:
- Hardiness: Maples can be found growing throughout temperate regions of the world, and are hence well-adapted to the English climate.
- Position: Japanese maples are suited to dappled shade, while red and Norwegian maples are suited to full sun. Planting your tree in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting in strong winds.
- Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will certainly hinder their growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot, consequentially creating the perfect environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a tree of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting. Aeration can be improved further with mulching.
- Planting in Pots: Japanese maples are perfect for pots and will benefit from slightly acidic soil. Potting with a mix of ericaceous compost and garden soil will produce a slightly acidic pH and an excellent soil structure overall. You may find that pH will rise overtime, but you can maintain the acidity by watering with rainwater, and using pine needles and conifer bark as mulch. Larger species of maple will suffice in pots, but growth will be restricted. Nevertheless, dependent on individual preference, this may be beneficial as they can grow to a fairly considerable size.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
- Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
- Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
- Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.
- With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
- Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
- Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
- Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
- Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
- Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
- Hardiness: Maple trees can be found growing throughout temperate regions of the world, and are therefore well adapted to the UK climate.
- Position: Japanese maples are suited to dappled shade, while red and Norwegian maples prefer full sun. Also planting your tree in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting in strong winds.
- Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your Maple’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing its roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve it of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting. Pots: Japanese maples are perfect for pots and will benefit from mildly acidic soil. Potting with a mix of ericaceous compost and garden soil will produce a slightly acidic pH and a better soil structure overall. You may find that the pH rises over time, but you can maintain the acidity by watering with rainwater, and using pine needles and conifer bark as mulch. Larger species of Maple will still suffice in pots, but their growth will be restricted. However, this can be of benefit as they can grow to quite a large size.
|Deciduous Or Evergreen||Deciduous|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||Yes|
|Foliage Colour||Green, Red|
|Supplied As||13cm Pot|
|Supplied As||1L Pot|
|Type||Ornamental Shrubs, Ornamental Trees|
|Shop By Category||Ornamental Trees, Trees for Small Gardens|