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Formerly known as A. palmatum 'Senkaki'. This Japanese maple is attractive in all seasons: in spring the leaves are a lively pinkish green, turning a rich green in summer and then canary yellow with orange highlights in autumn. It is also a fine winter feature, with the bark on all its younger shoots and branches a conspicuous coral red. It requires sun to modest shade, in moist, well-drained soil. It tolerates a range of soils, including sand and heavy clay, and it is drought-tolerant. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the prestigious Award of Garden Merit.
Plant type: Deciduous tree
Foliage colour: Mid-green, Golden
Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark, Colourful new growth
Sun exposure: Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Boggy
Skill level: Experienced
I have one of these in my back garden. It is sheltered by a wall and only receives the morning Sun. It was originally in a container but moved about 10 years ago. It is about 3ft high and 2ft wide. I used to feed with ericaceous food but I stopped as I don't think it needed it. A beautiful tree all year round.
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