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Acer palmatum 'Scolopendrifolium'

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Feature

Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This small tree not only provides a beautiful shape for a feature, but the leaves are delicately filigree like long, lacy fingers. These are dark green in summer, turning yellow and orange in autumn. The stems are dark purple. Maples always prefer a sheltered spot away from cold winds, which tends to burn their foliage. It can also be grown in a container, but make sure it's well-watered.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Cultivar: Scolopendrifolium

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 400cm

Spread: 500cm


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