Acer Palmatum

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Acer Palmatum

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  • Popular medium sizes upright Japanese Maple
  • Layered branches, can be pruned to open into a canopy
  • Spectacular autumn foliage color transformation
  • Prefers dappled sunlight with slight wind protection
  • Suitable for large planter pots
  • Mature size 6 meters tall



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The Acer Palmatum, a stunning green maple with layers of delicate branches. Enjoy the seasonal transformation as brilliant green foliage transforms into vibrant autumn tones during Autumn. With a mature size of 6 meters, Acer Palmatum is ideal for feature planter pots, paved courtyard and small gardens.  For best results and optimal colour transformation, plant in full sun with slight wind protection.

Product Specifications

  • Botanical Name: Acer Palmatum
  • Mature Height: 6 meters
  • Mature Width: 4 meters
  • Foliage: Vibrant Green
  • Form/Habit: Upright
  • Uses: Feature / Specimen tree, shade tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Soil: Most soil types, though prefers well-draining, slightly acidic soil
  • Drought Hardy: Moderate
  • Sun: Prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun; prefers slight wind protection
  • Water Requirement: Low – medium
  • Planter Suitability: Yes
  • Maintenance: Low, no need for pruning although can be pruned into canopy shape


Commonly Asked Questions

Will the foliage on an Acer Palmatum change during Autumn?

The leaves on Acer Palmatum maples will change from vibrant green to yellow / orange / red tones. Please note that colour change can differ yearly; it will also depend on your plant’s health and the plants.


Are Acer Palmatum Japanese Maples suitable for planter pots?

Yes, they are. Be sure you are selecting a pot with plenty of room for the plant to grow; you may find that the pot size needs to be increased in a few years. Please note that, like with all plants, they will grow quicker in the ground than in a pot; however, if you have a small garden, courtyard, or paved area or are in a rental property, this can be a good thing, depending on your needs. Please ensure you use quality soil in your pot, slow-release fertilisers, and keep up the watering, as pots dry out more quickly than ground planting.


Do I need to prune my Japanese Maple?

There is no need to prune your Maple; sit back and enjoy the glorious natural form of your Japanese Maple. Pruning can be effective if you want to open your Maple into a specific canopy shape. Otherwise, it’s best left alone to Mother Nature.