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Brilliantissimum

Acer Brilliantissimum is a beautiful small tree, the perfect choice if you are looking for a colourful maple that won't take up much space.

Brilliantissium has many of the features of the large maples - interesting leaf shapes, attractive colour throughout the season, easy to grow in almost any situation, and a handsome presence - but in a small package.

The new spring leaves have a salmon-pink colour, which turns to pale green over the summer.

We sometimes offer top-worked forms of this tree, which enhance the dense mop-head canopy on a longer stem and will not grow much beyond 3m or so.

Brilliantissimum maple trees for sale

  • Top-worked pot-grown tree £44.95
    In a 12L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Although best planted out in the garden, this variety is more slow-growing than others of its species, and also suitable for growing in a large planter.

Like most forms of the species Acer pseudoplatanus it is very tolerant of difficult growing conditions and is a good choice for gardens in coastal situations, where it should survive where others may not. However the best form and leaf colour will of course be achieved in sheltered sunny positions.

History

Trees of the species Acer pseudoplatanus are commonly known as sycamores.

Brilliantissimum characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Leaf colour - autumnMultiple tints
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningPrune hard
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Site conditionsCoastal siteWindy siteAir pollution
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • Acer pseudoplatanus
    Esk Sunset
    A small slow-growing sycamore maple featuring exotic pink green and white variegated leaves.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer pse Brilliantissimum top worked maple tree