45cm Acer palm 'Butterfly' | 3L Pot

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45cm Acer palm 'Butterfly' | 3L Pot
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45cm Acer palm 'Butterfly' | 3L Pot

An easy to care for Japanese maple boasting striking pale-green leaves adorned by crisp-white margins

Producing clusters of several pale-green lobed leaves that are adorned by crisp-white margins, this Japanese maple will prove an colourful yet versatile feature to your garden. The foliage of this maple will additionally display a subtle tinge of pink, and, during the Spring months, masses of tiny red blooms will emerge. As unique as this plant may appear, it is wonderfully low-maintenance, and will even suit a smaller-sized garden; happily growing within a pot on a patio or balcony. Fully hardy, this maple's care will not necessitate any pruning, making it a wise choice for someone with less free time or gardening experience.

Please note, this maple prefers sandy, humus-rich soil, however, if this is unavailable, simply substitute for garden peat. If planted in a pot, a degree of protection will be required.

Variety Information

Habit Branching - Upright
Foliage Colour Green - White - Pink
Bark Colour Brown
Features Multi-coloured foliage, striking silhouette, easy to care for.

Size Information

Supplied As 3 Litre
Height on Arrival Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy. 30 - 45cm
Age 3 Years
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions. 125 x 75cm (4 x 2.5ft)
Supplied As Height On ArrivalTitle Supplied By Price Link Image
Bare Root 0.3m Bare Root Primrose-Supplied Tree
£63.99
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3L Pot 0.3m 3L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
£29.99
Primrose £29.99 View Here
18L Pot 1.5m 18L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
£129.99
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30L Pot 1.8m 30L Pot Primrose-Supplied Tree
£259.99
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Optional Extras
  • Ericaceous Liquid Seaweed Stimulant by Empathy - 1L
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  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • Tree Planting Kit - Tree Stake, Tie and Empathy Rootgrow
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  • 40cm Polystone Medium Black Round Planter
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  • 50cm Polystone Large Black Round Planter
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  • 44cm Terracotta Verona Rolled Rim Planter
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  • 51cm Terracotta Verona Rolled Rim Planter
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

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.

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