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Acer palmatum var. amoenum

Japanese maple

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  • Acer palmatum var. amoenum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Acer palmatum var. amoenum | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJune
  • Height3m to 10m
  • Spread10m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitArching bushy or Bushy round
  • Flower ColourRed, purple (sepals)
  • Leaf ColourPale green, red

Description

Acer palmatum var. amoenum (Japanese maple). This variety is dome shaped, and has larger leaves than the species type; up to 12cm wide, 7-lobed, with lobes evenly serrate and acutely pointed. Leaves are mid green in the summer and turn bright crimson in the autumn and the bark is grey-brown in colour. The red flowers have purple sepals and are drooping and red-stemmed.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Maple

Origin

Japan, Korea, China, S.E. Russia

Interest and use

Grown for its habit and foliage.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Loamy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It is an 'understory' plant in the wild, so can cope with some shade. Will not tolerate dry conditions, so water frequently if growing in a container.

Propagation

Grafting or budding

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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