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Acer nikoense

Nikko maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2m to 12m
  • Spread12m
  • Growth HabitUpright arching
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acer nikoense (Nikko maple). Syn. Acer maximowiczianum. This species of Maple is a slow growing, upright arching tree with a rounded head. The leaves are three-lobed and blue-green in the summer, turning bright red and yellow in the autumn. The branches are dark grey to black. Yellow clusters of flowers appear in the spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Acer Nikoense

Origin

China and Japan. Named after Carl Johann Maximowicz who discovered the tree in the 1860s near the town of Nikko in Japan.

Interest and use

Grown for foliage interest.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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

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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