This is the time of year for the Japanese Maples to shine and they never fail to disappoint!
Maples are magnificent trees providing the garden with the most exceptional display of foliage and form throughout the year, peaking in October/November when the first leaves fall, when their colours change, giving the most spectacular shows of Autumn colour.
The Acer palmatum is generally a large shrub or small tree. They exhibit a wide range of forms including weeping and fastigiate and their leaf shape are varying forms of palmate, some incredibly ornate. They are at their best in a moist but well drained soil, sheltered from cold winds.
From specialist nurseries you can buy the most exceptional range of Japanese Maples, including dissectum, ranging from red, purple, green, yellow/pink and variegated.
These plant sizes also start from smaller sizes right up to an impressive large Acer palmatum at 2.5metres height by 1.5 metres wide in a 1000L pot at £590.00.
Acer palmatum is certainly a wonderful choice of specimen tree for your garden whether planted alone to enhance a focal point or planted amongst other plants such as dwarf conifers, Himalayan Birch and Hibiscus to create a Japanese feel.
The maple tree has a distinctive shaped leaf which of course the symbol used on the Canadian flag. The process of extracting the sweet maple syrup can be done with most maple species. However, there are three main types of maple tree that are mainly farmed to make the wonderful syrup. The first tree is the acer saccharum which produces a sweet sap as the latin name suggests. Then there is much use made of the black maple, mainly for cooking or sweetening ready made foods. Finally the red version of the maple is bled for its very sweet sap. Did you know that only one of these maple trees will make just one bottle of the golden sickly liquid!