Acer Palmatum

{ Japanese maple }


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About Ace

This incredible tree has wisdom way beyond his years - native to east Asia, he can be traced back to ancient times, and has long been depicted in traditional art from the region. It's no wonder people have always found him so inspiring: his stunning, fire-red foliage is really a sight to behold.

Speaking of, he symbolises the flame of inspiration in Japan, and is often planted on the grounds of sacred temples and burial sites. He's also an important symbol in Celtic mythology - he was consecrated to Dana, the Celtic god of fertility, and known to represent tolerance. We love that this incredible tree has such a rich and beautiful history - it's totally fitting for such a beautiful piece of nature. Not only is he amazing to look at, he's also super easy to look after. We can't get enough of our man Ace.

Quick Facts

Botanical name: Acer palmatum

Nicknames: Japanese maple, Red emperor maple, Palmate maple, Smooth Japanese-maple

Plant type: Deciduous tree / Outdoors

Toxicity: Non-toxic

Current height: 70-90cm

Nursery pot: 24cm

Pro level: Easy

How to care for Ace (Japanese Maple)

The basics

Plant Ace in a spot with full sun or partial shade. You may notice that a young Ace who's exposed to a lot of sun will get a bit scorched (i.e., some of his leaves will turn brown and curl in at the ends); don't worry, this should get better with age.

He's not too fussy about soil, but it does need to be well-drained. Our multi-purpose compost should do the trick.

If it hasn't rained in a while, give him a good, long drink. Reduce waterings from the end of summer until the following spring.

Going the extra mile

Apply a three-inch layer of organic mulch (such as straw or shredded bark) in spring so that his soil will retain its moisture.

If you want to give him a good snip, do it in winter, before his leaf buds begin to open. Use a pair of sanitised secateurs or scissors to cut away scraggly twigs and branches, but leave the main, structural branches alone.