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Acer palmatum - Japanese Maple - 30 Seeds

Acer palmatum - Japanese Maple - 30 Seeds


Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum, is a deciduous shrub or small tree with a broad, rounded habit.  Native to China, Korea and Japan, this lovely plant is greatly admired and is grown in temperate gardens and landscapes all over the world.  This is one of the most beautiful small trees for an ornamental landscape and is perfectly suited as a specimen tree, an accent in a mixed border, or in a container on the patio and anchors the Japanese style garden.

The brilliant Autumn foliage lights up the garden, and the slender twigs and contorted branches provide Winter interest, the canopy is wispy and delicate, and in some cultivars even weeping. 

The species usually stays about 4 to 6m tall and wide, but can get larger under ideal conditions, it has slender, glabrous twigs and smooth grey bark. 


Branches tend to grow in horizontal layers, and often are contorted and twisted, and some specimens have more than one main trunk.  The palmate leaves are 5 - 13cm long and wide, and deeply dissected with 5 to 11 lobes, these are lance shaped, sharply pointed at the tips and doubly toothed on the edges.  Acer palmatum is famous for its Autumn display when leaves turn brilliant shades of scarlet, yellow or orange.

It needs a fertile, well drained, acidic soil with filtered to full shade, the latter being best in warmer regions.  It will take sub-tropical heat.  It is highly frost resistant but is not drought tolerant and needs regular watering for optimum growth.  Please note that all species of Maple (Acer) require 90 to 120 days cold stratification pre-treatment to promote germination - details can be found on our website.

Japanese Maple will grow from seeds, and seedlings tend to be faster growing, stronger and more drought tolerant than cultivars.

30 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.

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