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Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’

Japanese maple

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsJune
  • Height3m
  • Growth HabitMound
  • Flower ColourPurple red
  • Leaf ColourRed, green, gold
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’ (Japanese maple). The growth habit of this variety is mound-like. It is vase-shaped, with linear leaves that are dark red in spring, purple-green in summer and turning gold in autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub

Origin

Japan, Korea, China

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage, specimen with good autumn colour.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It will prefer warmer climates than most other maples. It will need shade and shelter or the leaves may shrivel.

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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