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Japanese Maple in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Acer palmatum

 

Japanese Maple

Acers (or Maples as they are commonly known as) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours. There are many different types of Acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 - 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, - samaras - or "helicopters", "whirlybirds" "maple keys" or "polynoses" due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. Acer palmatum (or the Japanese Maple) are a species of Acer which originate from parts of Japan and South Korea. They are smallish deciduous trees with deeply-lobed leaves which turn red, orange and yellow in autumn. The flowers are red in spring. They have a compact tidy habit that negates the need for heavy pruning. They reach maturity in 10 to 20 years

 
plant Features
  • Japanese Maple likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Japanese Maple likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Japanese Maple is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Japanese Maple likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Japanese Maple

Latin name

Acer palmatum

type

Trees or Shrubs

family

Sapindaceae

ph

4.5 - 6.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Japanese Maple likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Japanese Maple is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Japanese Maple likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Japanese Maple likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
  •  
    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Japanese Maple is 4.00meters x 5.00meters 4.00 M 5.00 M

Acer palmatum

Acers (or Maples as they are commonly known as) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours. There are many different types of Acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 - 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, - samaras - or "helicopters", "whirlybirds" "maple keys" or "polynoses" due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. Acer palmatum (or the Japanese Maple) are a species of Acer which originate from parts of Japan and South Korea. They are smallish deciduous trees with deeply-lobed leaves which turn red, orange and yellow in autumn. The flowers are red in spring. They have a compact tidy habit that negates the need for heavy pruning. They reach maturity in 10 to 20 years


Flowering

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Most acers and maples have somewhat insignificant flowers. The flowers can be green, yellow, orange or red, and usually appear in early Spring, and are an early source of nectar and pollen for bees.

 

Planting

From Late Winter TO Early Spring

Smaller varieties can be grown in pots and containers. The best time for planting is late Winter / early Spring, before the leaves appear

 

Propagating by grafting

From Early Summer TO Mid Summer

Some acers or maples are best propagated by grafting. This certainly applies to 'Shirasawanum' varieties.

 

Propagating by cuttings

From Late Spring TO Mid Summer

Propagation methods vary according to the variety. Most varieties are propagated by means of softwood cuttings.

 
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