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17/04/2013 at 07:49

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?

17/04/2013 at 08:22
Morning gardener bee
You have a very windy garden so not best situation.
Decent soil?
Acers need protection from strong avoid full midday sun....and cold winds. Dappled shade.....taller plants on the exposed side will important too.
The dissectum varieties are more prone to damage by sun and wind than the straight, full leaf (PALMatum) ones and the yellow or orange more sensitive again than the darker purple leaved varieties.
I struggle with the dissectum types but can grow palmatum by providing shelter and conditions suitable. Neutral to acid soil with good humus content and that won't dry out too quickly
17/04/2013 at 09:09

Acer + wind = disaster.

I recommend a complete rethink.

17/04/2013 at 09:16

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.

17/04/2013 at 09:28
For a purple foliage plant cotinus royal,purple is unbeatable.
Easy to grow. Looks beautiful. Easily controlled by pruning.
Gardener bee check out this as an alternative
17/04/2013 at 13:17
It's the wind Brum
17/04/2013 at 13:19

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

17/04/2013 at 14:38
I have 2 acers in pots and they do get wind burn very easily. I have to constantly move them to a shelteted position whenever there is a prolong windy spell like what we're having the past few days.

I grow sambucus nigra in an exposed site and they do withstand the elements much better. Look quite similar to the delicate acers.
17/04/2013 at 18:29
Lovely combination is cotinus royal purple, eucalyptus and sambucus Sutherland gold. All coppiced and all producing wonderful dense colourful leaf colour all summer. Purple, blue amd yellow..all subtle amd all harmonious. Who needs fastidious acers?
17/04/2013 at 18:42
Just stirring the pot Brum.....know you like your acers but I guess you grow them well
17/04/2013 at 18:44

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. 

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