Acer pseudoplatanus Brilliantissimum
- Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
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.
Trees of the species Acer pseudoplatanus are commonly known as sycamores.
Brilliantissimum trees for sale
2-year top-worked Brilliantissimum tree - in a 12L pot
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What will it look like?
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
(Approx. girth: 6/8).
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches.
The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).
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.
- Attractive features:
Attractive tree / plant Attractive foliage Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Growth habit:
- Growth rate:
- Site conditions:
Coastal site Windy site Air pollution
Tolerates shade Prefers full sun
- Useful for:
Patio growing Topiary Open spaces Small spaces
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
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- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - young:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
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RHS Award of Garden Merit
Acer pseudoplatanusEsk Sunset
A small slow-growing sycamore maple featuring exotic pink green and white variegated leaves.