The larger Acer is not Japonica but Davidii. Under it’s branches is a more tender Acer palmatum Japonica var. dissectum ‘Inaba-shidare’ or the purple leaved Japanese maple.
- Acers or Japanese maples like ‘Little Princess’ above need a sunny or partially shaded spot which is protected from cold winds.
- Acers are hardy shrubs and small trees and like soil that is moist but well-drained.
- Acer Japonica are suitable for growing in a large container using John Innes No 3 compost but must be kept well-watered.
- In Autumn the leaf colour intensifies before falling.
- Sold as Acer Green Globe above but the leaves are not lime green or as serrated as Green Globe.
- Tip. Buy when your Acer is in leaf if you want to be sure what you are getting
- I saved some money by buying after the leaves had fallen and over all I am not disappointed. In truth I am quite pleased with the effect of several young shrubs in my new Japanese garden
- Leaf form and shape has shaped the name of these shrubs.
- Palmatum is derived from the hand shape of the leaves. The shape looks like fingers.
- Looking at it another way the leaf is dissected
Acer Orange Dream above
- Cut back long shoots in March to encourage compact growth.
- Will grow to 5 feet high and 3-4 feet wide.
- Add some peat to the planting hole and keep moist but not water logged.