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The genus Acer comprises over 150 evergreen and deciduous tree and shrub species. Commonly known as maples, most have foliage that produces striking Autumn colour, and some have attractive bark. Leaves grow in opposite pairs and their shape varies but they are often palmate or lacy and finger-like in the smaller cultivated varieties. Some species produce variegated leaves. Small, usually yellowy-green flowers that appear in Spring, also come in a wide variety of shapes and forms and are followed by pairs of brown winged seeds. Originally woodland trees, large varieties may be planted as specimens trees, while many of the smaller varieties are popular in domestic gardens. They are sometimes grown in large containers to restrict their growth and for Japanese style gardens.
Graft in late winter.
Europe, N. Africa, Asia, North and Central America
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Chalk, Sand
Soil PH preference