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They'll go brown or black and the pod will dry off, then they're ready
Not sure if acers grow well from cuttings, the fancy ones are grafted. I'd try them outside in the shade if you have another try.
How about a photo?
Only the insecure and easily led will be swayed by anything there. Most of us will have what we like (and what we can afford) and enjoy it.
You also have to consider appropriate. I'd love a stone 'terrace' with all the trimmings but how silly would that look in front of my cedar boarded house?
A day time pic might help
Prunus lusitanicus is another possibility
I have dry soil for the most part Will. Some clay, possibly subsoil. and all lacking organic stuff. Gradually improving around with composting and the output of the shredder but there's a long way to go.
I like that as well but I can't get it established
Lovely plant if it's happy.
That's what it does Don, come up every year, even if you dig it up, it comes up the next year
Pat, I'm a great fan of the Phillips and Rix books. see also, Wild Flowers, Bulbs, Shrubs and Mushrooms
Are you sure that's mollis Pat, the leaves look a bit pointy.