Problems with Red Acers
- Red leafed plants contain less Chlorophyll, the green pigment that’s instrumental in photosynthesis. These shrubs have less substance in the leaf which can be thin and papery.
- The leaves are prone to wind damage and will turn brown on the edges quite easily. This wind burn or desiccation is unsightly and can be quite damaging.
- Thin twigs without leaves are dead and need to be pruned out
- Acers grow extremely slowly.
- Some Acers have young green leaves that change over time and only turn deep reddish-purple in summer and scarlet in autumn.
Environment for Acers
- Acers are hardy but avoid windy areas and frost pockets. Shelter from late frosts.
- Acers prefer sheltered, sunny or partial shade.
- Some varieties of Japanese maples are OK in a large plant pot.
- Soil needs to be neutral or slightly acidic.
- Grow in moist but well-drained soil.
- Keep away from bright sunlight.
Red Acer Varieties
- Lower growing palmatum cultivars work well in mixed plantings
- Red Pygmy grow best in moist but well-drained soil, away from bright sunlight
- Amagi shigure is also called Purple Passion.
- Try Acer Palmatum Katura or Acer Palmatum Little Princess
- Acer Palmatum Shishi-gashira is a small red Japanese maple.