Japanese maple, Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’

Japanese maple

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'
  • Common name: Japanese maple
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Golden

Green

Japanese maple, Acer japonicum, is a maple native to Japan and southern Korea. A small deciduous tree growing to a height of around 5-10m, 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.

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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. It’s also smaller than the species, reaching a maximum height and spread of 4m x 4m.The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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How to grow Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’

Grow Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ on its own as a feature in its own right, or among other plants in a mixed herbaceous border. It does best in moist but well-drained soil, in a sheltered spot where it’s protected from the worst of the elements. Mulch annually with well-rotted compost, manure or leaf mould.

How to grow Acer 'Vitifolium'

  • Plant size

    4m height

    4m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle, back

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Acer 'Vitifolium' and wildlife

Acer 'Vitifolium' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Acer 'Vitifolium' poisonous?

Acer 'Vitifolium' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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