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last updated 19/10/2014

ACER palmatum 'Happy Corallinum'
This is the name I received this one under, but playing by the nomenclature rules, it's not allowed! It will therefore be "properly" named in due course I'm sure. By which time, maybe I will have some available...

ACER palmatum 'Haru iro'
Another of my more recent acquisitions from the USA which is poorly documented in both literature and on the web. However, from my experience with it, I would describe it as distinctly upright though not especially vigorous. The leaves are large and rounded enough to make me wonder whether it might be of hybrid origin, with A. shirasawanum. The colour is quite remarkable too, though not easy to describe, being a glorious mixture of orange-red and copper, with some green tints thrown in for good luck (according to light levels actually). 

ACER palmatum 'Heffner's Red'

ACER palmatum 'Herbstfeuer'
Although given cultivar status under Acer palmatum, it is likely that this one is actually a hybrid with Acer circinatum. This is evident in the larger leaves, with more rounded lobes. A densely branched an upright grower with rich dark green leaves. However, the German name translates to "Autumn Fire" which aptly describes its most dramatic feature.

ACER palmatum 'Higasa yama' 
A tall, almost columnar twiggy tree to 7m. The leaves when they first emerge are bright red and curiously contorted. As they mature, they develop a symmetrical white and pink margin. Best in a pot or on poor soil as the variegation can be lost if allowed to grow too strongly. There is a wonderful photo in Vertrees' book. 4-5m

ACER palmatum 'H˘gyoku' 
I am delighted that we can now add this one to our collection. It is actually one of the easier palmatums to grow, tolerating most sites, partly because it is a strong growing character once established. Its stunning feature is its autumn colour, in fiery shades of gold and orange. Wow! 3-4m

ACER palmatum 'Ichigy˘ji'
This Japanese selection was actually introduced in 1911. It is outstanding for autumn colour and attracts a lot of comments. The large  leaf is the same shape as the better known 'Osakasuki' but the autumn colours are usually vibrant orange-yellows. This can vary with the season and the conditions; indeed one year ours was scarlet! Distinctive angular habit, giving a comparatively broad habit to 3-4m tall.

ACER palmatum 'Inazuma'
The translation of the name, "the thunderer" gives a feel of this plant; with rich, deep purple foliage maturing to dark purple-tinged green. The leaves are deeply divided though not as a dissectum. Scarlet autumn colours light up this hardy, vigorous small tree, to 6m or potentially more.

ACER palmatum 'Japanese Sunrise' 
The same principle as the better known 'Sangokaku', the fantastic winter bark is a lighter shade of coral red on the upper exposed side of the twig, and yellow orange on the lower sheltered side, which is most effective, particularly when planted to catch the low winter sun. Essentially green in spring and summer, the autumn colours are a wonderful kaleidoscope of yellows, oranges and reds. Tolerant of full sun once established, upright when young but maturing to a broad flat topped tree. 5m 

ACER palmatum 'Jiro shidare'
This is a very distinctive cultivar, being cascading in habit, yet not a dissectum type. The smallish leaves are bright green, before becoming first crimson then through to yellow in the autumn. However, it is for its habit that it is grown, forming a round headed bush, potentially to 3m tall and as much wide eventually. Superbly graceful. Acer palmatum 'Ryusen' is a new addition to our collection but so far, appears very similar to this one.

ACER palmatum 'JJ'
Elegant in habit and leaf, this is fast becoming one of my favourite purple maples. The purple leaves are deeply divided and toothed in summer (photo left). Pretty orange and red autumn colours then develop (see photo right). Rounded, bushy habit when young becomes more upright to achieve 2-3m in 10 years.

ACER palmatum 'Julia'
A little similar to some of the Ghost series, this one seems to have less of the "other colours" in the spring, more quickly developing its typical creamy yellow, boldly detailed with green veining. However, it does have bright red petioles which make a very attractive contrast.

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