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Japanese Acer Trees

The distinctive intensely coloured and beautifully shaped leaves of the Japanese Acer make it a very popular ornamental tree perfect for most gardens. As a slow growing deciduous tree they also work well in small gardens.

Japanese Maples as they are also known can be grown in a pot or in the ground with most preferring a sheltered, shady spot. Plant from Oct to March, they will need little pruning and mulch and fertilise in the Spring.

Water regularly in dry spells during the first year to aid establishment, especially if planted in spring or later in the summer season. You may need to water once a week during hot, dry spells which can cause the leaves to brown and crinkle around the edges. Water trees in containers regularly so they do not dry out. This can mean at least once a day in hot weather.

Japanese maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to January), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to grow.

Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and prune it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.

Always prune back to a well-placed side branch. Do not leave a stub as this is often prone to decay and dieback.

We have a wide choice of varieties, colours and sizes in stock.

Folium and Flos is a wholesale plant nursery in the heart of the New Forest. We stock a wide range of specimen trees, plants and shrubs.