Acer - - Semi-mature and mature Acer Red Pygmy

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Acer Red Pygmy - Red Pygmy Maple

 

Family:

Aceraceae

Origins:

East Asia

Plant Type:

Plant Type: Deciduous

Size:

3m x 2m

Habit/ Form:

Very compact, 'dome' shaped small tree.

Leaves:

Palmate leaves with five- to seven lobes that are very narrow and linear on older branches and divided entirely to the petiole. The leaves on young wood are significantly broader in the lobes. The leaf colour varies from deep marron in spring and early summer to purplish in late summer with a tendency to bronze in direct sun. Autumn colours deep rustic tones yellow, orange and red.

Flowers:

Small red flowers in spring.

Fruit:

Inconspicuous.

Bark / Trunk:

Young branches are greenish-brown.

Vigour / Longevity:

Young branches are greenish-brown aging to pale brown or grey brown bark.

Environmental Requirements:

Prefers full sun for best growth and colour development. Wide range of soil and climatic conditions including relatively wet sites.

Hardiness:

Can handle moderate air pollution, heat, low levels of drought and cold conditions.

Soil / Drainage:

Prefers a moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Mulching after planting is beneficial.

Pruning:

May require regular formative pruning for strong limb, trunk and crown structure. Avoid pruning in late winter and early spring.

Watering:

Keep well watered throughout the warmer months.

Fertilising:

Long-term slow release fertiliser is recommended.

Pests / Diseases:

Susceptible to rust that can cause foliage abscission, but resistant to apple scab.

Uses:

A compact, dwarfed foliage tree with delicate narrow-lobed red to purple leaves. Ideal feature to add foliage interest in rockeries, foreground planting, and small gardens.

 

 

© Text reproduced here with the kind permission of Tony Wilson and Barck Books.

 

 

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