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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.