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i'm looking for an acer palmatum to suit my very windy garden. I like osakazuki but i'm not to sure it's would be a sutible choice any ideas what would?
Acer + wind = disaster.
I recommend a complete rethink.
I agree with the above posters.
Acers are very delicate - any kind of prolonged wind simply strips the tree of its leaves and looks hideous.
Quote..".don't really agree with all the above, sorry peeps but have strong evidence to suggest Acers can be happily maintained in full sun .... even south facing."
We grow many hundreds of Acers.
I agree they can be very happy in full sun.
But not wind
I have grown Japanese acers for years, and full sun can be deadly if the acer is in the wrong spot, even when there is no wind. The critical time is early May, when the young leaves are starting to open on a frosty morning. Morning sun can wipe out all the leaves, and if the acer is young it will have no energy to generate new leaves. And, even if there is no frost, if the acer is in full sun you can get scorch that disfigures the leaves for the whole summer, especially on teh more delicate variegated / golden leaved varieties.
One other thing - they preper acid soil, can grow OK on neutral soil or slightly akaline soil if it is moisture retentive (eg loamy) but if its alkaline and dry / free draining soil, I really wouldn't bother.
I have just bought two Acer's 1x wilson's pink dwarf and 1x little princess.. I live in prestwick south ayrshire which has had a lot of wind in the past months but I'm determined to press on, i have a shaded calm spot at the back of the garden where I can place these lovely specimens out of harms way, I am going to repot them into ceramic patio planters with Ericaceous + john innes No.3.
There is an anti-transpirant spray you can buy to protect the leaves from the wind.
i agree most do not like the wind, i have a couple of large trees cut down for bonsai and they just didnt like the wind and sun.
i have now built a slightly more shaded area with a slight wind break to see if helps. for several different sizes and colour acer.
but i must say my deshojo sits on my bonsai bench which has full sun until about 1pm and is a bit windy and it has had no issues so far. others in this spot but younger were not happy
Beautiful Marc, have you root pruned it?
not personally yet since purchased but will need to maintain every couple of years