Cut-Leaved Japanese Maple
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Japanese maples have been cultivated in Japan and temperate regions of the world for centuries. A popular choice for Bonsai enthusiasts and Japanese themed gardens. The species name Acer palmatum comes from the hand-like shape of its leaves. The red-leafed cultivars are the most popular, followed by cascading green shrubs with deeply dissected leaves. They come in a range of sizes from small flat growing shrubs to small trees with domed-like shapes, all have vibrant autumn colours.
Red winged fruit forms in late summer, the seeds can be harvested in autumn.
Seeds require stratification in order to germinate - usually winter cold will help. Sow seeds in situ or in containers.
Graft in late winter, bud in late summer.
Can be trained as Bonsai trees
Leaves turn colour in autumn, variety dependent ranging from yellow to red.
Aisia, China Korea, Japan
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Leaves are used in Chinese medicine
This low maintenance tree suits urban/courtyard gardens as well as cottage/ informal settings. It provides mid level structure and can be grown in a container.
Purple, Red, Insignificant
Prone to mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and Honey fungus