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Acer japonicum ‘Aureum’

Golden Shirasawa maple

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height8m
  • Spread7m to 8m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourPale yellow-green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Acer japonicum ‘Aureum’ (Golden Shirasawa maple). This variety of maple is horizontally branched and has palmate, pale yellow-green leaves. In spring, the bright red flowers stand out against the pale green leaves. The foliage turns red in autumn, starting at the edges or 'fingers' of the leaves, as though they have been painted.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Foliage interest, rock garden

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Acers are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphids , Horse chestnut scale

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