Growing Acer Palmatum

Growing Acer Palmatum


The above Acer is actually dwarfed by Nigella, which will soon be taken up as they have finished flowering. The split leaves look like a spread hand hence the name palmatum.

Why Grow Acers

  • The colour and size of Acer Palmatum’s vary considerably depending on the variety. The leaves often turn a different colour in autumn giving a blaze of late season colour. The tree in my front garden goes a deep red for a few weeks in September
  • The acer Palmatum is a popular variety of hardy tree, ideal for growing in small gardens.
  • Acers can provide a focal point.
  • Acers are longer lived than many shrubs in a sheltered garden.

Leaf Scorch

A common problem I have had with growing Acer’s is an issue known as ‘leaf scorch’. This is when the tree loses water from its leaves quicker than it can take up from the roots. The solution is to keep the tree well watered, especially when it is getting established. However, take care to also encourage deep roots – water alot and weekly is better than little and often

Acer’s in Pots

Because they are small and slow growing, Acers will adapt well to life in a pot. They need to be well watered, but not waterlogged and fed regularly repotting every 2-3 years.


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