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Acer Palmatum Trees

Acer Palmatum Trees

Slow-growing and suitable for container growing, Acer palmatum is the perfect species for small gardens. Also known as Japanese maple, varieties differ in their colouration and degree of dissection, but remain similar in their graceful nature and stunning colour, especially come Autumn.

With a compact, non-invasive, root system, palmatum grow fantastically with companion plants and are a great choice for a bonsai. Discover our beautiful range of Acer palmatum trees including ‘Bloodgood’, ‘Sango-Kaki’, ‘Orange Dream’ and ‘Garnet’ varieties.

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Acer Palmatum Trees FAQs

  • Do Acers like sun or shade?

    In their natural habitat, Acer palmatum trees thrive in light shade. This is because they’re used to growing in the shade of much larger trees. The shade will stop leaves from being scorched in hot temperatures, but the sunlight will help the rich hues develop.

    A balance between sunlight and shade is best, but it’s most important to shelter Acer palmatum trees from strong winds. They aren’t very tolerant of windy conditions and can struggle in frost.

  • What is the common name for Acer palmatum?

    Acer palmatum is most commonly known as a Japanese maple tree. Acer palmatum is the scientific name, but they are the same tree.

  • Are Japanese maples hard to grow?

    The Japanese maple has a reputation for being difficult to grow, and it’s not without its truth. They are a hardy plant, but they do have certain needs that must be met to achieve the best growth and colour. Here are our top tips for growing a healthy Acer palmatum:

    • Find a blend of shade and sun – avoiding afternoon sun
    • Pack plenty of compost into the soil – avoid salt
    • Ensure there’s plenty of drainage – avoid low, wet areas
    • Be careful not to let the soil dry out
    • Find a spot protected from the wind
    • Don’t prune the tree too often
    • Reduce watering in the autumn for vibrant colour

    Discover our full range of Acer trees and ornamental trees here at Primrose.