Acer japonicum is a maple native to Japan and southern Korea. A small deciduous tree growing to a height of just 100cm, it’s a popular choice in small gardens. Japanese maples are known for their spectacular autumn colours, and there are many garden-worthy cultivars, which have been bred to produce an even more dramatic autumn show.
Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' can be grown as a shrub or small tree. It's a vigorous, bushy cultivar with more deeply cut leaves than other cultivars, and it provides a dramatic splash of autumn colour. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' can be grown on its own as a feature in its own right, or among other plants in a mixed herbaceous border. It does best in a sheltered spot, where it's protected from the worst of the elements.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Purple, Mid-green, Golden
Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Flowering period: March to April
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