Our selection of Japanese acers or maple trees, grown for their oriental beauty and autumn colours.
The Japanese maples, often known simply as Acers, are nearly all categorised in the species Acer palmatum which is native to Japan and named for the characteristic palm-like leaves. They are best-known for their striking autumn leaf colours, but there are numerous varieties offering interest throughout the year. Almost all of them have a very definite "presence" about them.
Although related to the large maple species which are native to Europe and North America, the Japanese maples are mostly small shrub-like trees. Varieties of this species have been cultivated and improved in Japan for centuries.
They are ideal for the modern garden, taking up very little space whilst offering an enormous range of forms, shapes and colours.
Japanese Acers are mostly easy to grow, needing little maintenance. They prefer good neutral or slightly acidic loamy soils, although alkaline soils are tolerated. They all do best in a sheltered situation.
Most varieties are also very happy to be grown in large pots or planters - use a mix of 3 parts general purpose tree / shrub coarse compost and 1 part ericaceous compost, and make sure there is good drainage.