Acers

Acers

Summer is here, the sun is out and our gardens are coming alive! Acers, also know as Japanese Maples are the perfect choice of plant if you are wanting a tree in your outdoor space no matter what size you have available.  Japanese maples are more compact, suitable for the smallest of gardens and containers too. Their versatility means they are perfect in an oriental garden design as well as any other garden styles as there are many leaf shapes to choose from and colours too, in reds, browns, greens, oranges and purples. The foliage turns incredible rich tones in autumn, going through shades of fiery reds, oranges and gold. These lovely colours and textures make them the perfect focal point in a garden, brightening up a dark corner as a striking feature tree. They look elegant when draping over a path or water feature. Some varieties of Japanese maple can cope with full sun, especially those with green and purple leaves. Red-leaved trees need some sunlight to develop a rich colour. But hot, strong sunlight can scorch the delicate foliage of golden, variegated varieties. Plant Acers in ericaceous compost and in a sheltered spot where the foliage is protected from the strongest midday sun and cold or drying winds that may damage the leaves. Young foliage can be susceptible to late frosts. Plant Acers in well-drained soil that is moist and rich. Add plenty of compost to lock in moisture and make sure the ground doesn’t dry out. Cover the ground with a deep mulch of compost or leaf mould. This retains moisture and prevents weeds from growing. Make sure the mulch doesn’t touch the tree’s stem or it may cause it to rot. Acer trees can suffer from drying out because they have shallow root systems. This also means you should not plant too much else immediately around the tree. Most Japanese maples should not need pruning at all. They develop into a balanced shape on their own. However, you can take out crossed branches that spoil the shape. Acer palmatum should be pruned when fully dormant (November to March). This is because the trees can bleed sap when cut, which weakens them. Here at Woldens we have all sorts of wonderful Acers that you can come along to see and get for your gardens to add that tree you’ve always wanted. 🍁
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