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Japanese maples

Hello, I'm new to the site and am interested in Acers. Does anyone have one of these hideous trees they desperately want removing from their garden? I will oblige for free. Of course I'm joking, they are undoubtedly the most beautiful trees on the planet. However you never know? They might not appeal to everyone, so if you want to offload your eyesore let me know! Anyway glad to be here and hoping to converse with other keen Acerholics.

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Alexis,

    I have several Acers I'd like to get rid of, but unfortunately I want money for them!

    Do you have a particular favourite? The one I am definitely not ever selling is my 'Osakazuki', which has fabulous autumn colour. But I've been a bit disappointed in my Coral Bark Acers, I've spent years painstakingly growing them from tiny seedlings, and although the bark is indeed lovely, I find the leaves very ordinary. Give me Acer dissectum any day!

  2. Grower


    Are they in pots Rachel or have you planted them out?
    Unfortunately they get a bit diva like when you try and dig them up and don't take at all kindly to be being transplanted.
    There is this odd thing that if you grow them from seed and not a cloned graft you can't actually call them the cultivar they came from but they are just plain Acer Palmatum (don't ask, it's a mystery to me too!).
    The only time you can actually say they are Sangu Kaku (Coral Bark) is if they were cloned. Apparently the seeds don't always turn out like the parent plant which might explain your disappointment.
    I was however joking about the 'for free' thing.
    I would be more than happy to offer money if you're not too far away.
    And may I suggest if you if you want an Acer to knock your socks off try a Shindeshojo.
    Glory be! It's mind blowingly beautiful. It's so showbizzy it practically needs an agent :)

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Alexis,

    They are all in pots: and just to confirm, I bought them as official seedlings from a tree nursery, so they are what they are supposed to be: it's just that Coral Bark leaves are, well, rather maple-like! I much prefer the finely cut disssectum-style leaves.

    If you take a look at my Grower Page, you can see the ones I have for sale, the prices, and where I am - if you are ever in this part of the country, do let me know!

    And yes, I love your suggestion of Shindeshojo, it's quite spectacular!

  4. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    For coral bark, actually stripy brilliant lipstick red, it's hard in my view to beat the winter bark on Acer conspicuum 'Phoenix'. Unfortunately it's not just dear (most expensive tree I ever bought), but they (the deer) like it too. Two years on and I still daren't (sorry!) take down the defences: A town garden doesn't prepare you for country wildlife

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  5. Grower


    I looked at your grower page Rachel and you have some wonderful plants and at terrific prices. I can almost hear the back end of the Hyundai i10 dragging on the motorway as I make my way back to the Wirral!
    Fortunately Jeremy, deer are thin on the ground in Birkenhead. We do have a proliferation of wildlife but it's usually confined to the Town Centre on a Friday Acers are safe!

  6. Grower


    Hi Debra. that is a lovely tree. Unfortunately from my personal experience they don't transplant at all well. In fact I've never successfully done it and also it's the wrong time of year to give it any hope of success.
    Where are you located?
    And how much were you wanting to sell it for?
    I'd love to try but I wouldn't hold out much hope.

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