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Acer palmatum

Japanese maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour

Red, Purple


Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Acer palmatum

Plant details

The delicate lobed foliage of the Japanese maple turns red, orange and yellow in autumn. Give it a prominent spot where its ornamental qualities can be admired, with shelter from both late frosts and hot sunshine. The best colour is produced on neutral to acid soil, but it will tolerate some lime. A good, low maintenance, ornamental tree.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: palmatum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: Red, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green, Golden

Feature: Autumn colour, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 600cm

Spread: 300cm

Flowering period: April to May

Reader reviews


over the last two years my japanese acers leaves have not turned red during the autumn.But when i bought the tree a few years back the leaves did turn red during the first autumn.Otherwise the tree is very healthy.Could the soil ph influence leaf colour.During the spring i mulched the tree with peat and flowers of sulphur to try and lower the soil ph.I would be grateful for any advice....
Ive also heard that a european law may be banning flowers of sulphur by the end of the year.Is this true?

cheesey ed 4

I love Japanese maples but i only have a few of them but they are really beautiful.


Beautiful tree. Very easy to grow and care for.

Jocelyn Aitken

I also love these trees. I bought a lovely one nearly two years ago. My question is : are they supposed to lose their leaves over winter?. This may be a silly qustion but I need to know ?! Jocelyn.

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