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Acer genus (Maple). Acers are deciduous or evergreen ornamental trees and shrubs with small but attractive flowers, followed by clusters of double-winged fruits. Many of the Acers are grown for their brilliant autumn leaf colours which can be yellow, orange, red or brown, or combinations of these.
Woody perennials, Deciduous or Evergreens, Fragrants
Europe, N. Africa, Asia and Americas.
In Latin, the word 'acer' means hard or sharp. Maple wood was used by the Romans to make lances.
The foliage often colours brilliantly in autumn making Acers a focal point in any garden setting. A number of Acers are also valued for their distinctive bark or stems. Suitable for coastal conditions.
Acers are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in fertile, well-drained soil.
Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.
Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.
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