Maple trees include a broad spectrum of types, sizes, shapes and foliage. They are evergreen or deciduous, shrubby or lofty, with deeply lobed or finely cut leaves. All types have two-winged seeds that look like wing nuts from the hardware store.
Only excessive heat, dryness or winter cold prevents them from thriving. The large trees provide dense shade, and their roots take water and nutrients from other plants, so do not plant close to them. Water deeply so roots grow down. Insufficient watering will cause leaf scorch. Red, purple, variegated or fancy-leaved varieties need partial shade for best color. Prune in fall. Easy to transplant.
Acer japonicum Aconitifolium not only does this sensational and widely appreciated maple have what I consider to be the best of all foliage offered by any maple species, with huge, deeply incised, ferny leaves that transform to fiery orange and yellow tints in autumn, but its flowering effects are thought to be amongst the finest as well, with rather large sprays of yellow-petaled, red-sepaled blossoms reminiscent of small Fuchsia blossoms. Ultimately to 3-4 m in height, it is best suited to full sun situations in any well-drained soil.
Height: from 60-80 cm
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