ACER continued
last updated 17/10/2014

ACER saccharinum 'Born's Gracious'

ACER saccharinum 'Brocade' 

Admired by many visitors in our meadow, it is a lovely tree. Rapidly making a statement, the leaves are attractively divided to give a graceful head. Wonderful autumn colours.

ACER saccharum 'Fiddler's Creek'
An amazing selection of the drought tolerant "sugar maple" with fine, almost thread like lobes to the green leaves. Consequently nothing like as big as the species, so a quaint small tree. Bright golden yellow autumn colours.

ACER shirasawanum 'Aureum' 
(Previously known as Acer japonicum 'Aureum') A beautiful slow growing small tree with soft yellow large leaves. The spring colour is almost fluorescent and again in the autumn when they are often margined red. Choose a site with good light (for strong yellow leaf colour) but out of direct sun (to prevent scorch). Slow growing. The photo (left) shows the early stages of autumn colour. It is incredibly slow growing, so although it has the potential (in many, many years) to reach a surprisingly large size, it is also popular for growing in pots where it can be carefully positioned to best effect.

ACER shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon' 
This originated as a sport from the well known Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' on an American nursery in 1978. However, here the leaves are a softer lemon yellow and are suffused with an orange red glow. I love the way the leaves are held almost flat to give a gently layered impression and the colours are just gorgeous, continuing their display into the autumn. It seems to have better vigour than its cousin too, but as so often, the exact nature of the plant will be determined by its conditions: light and soil moisture levels. 3m

ACER shirasawanum 'Kawaii'
Apparently Kawaii is the Japanese word for “cute” which pretty much sums up this dwarf selection! Previously listed as Acer palmatum dissectum 'Kawaii', this unique cultivar has deeply dissected leaves which are orange-red to bronze in colour. Compact of habit, it is very slow growing and unlikely to exceed 1m in 10 years. Due to its inherent lack of vigour, it does need conditions to be right. One of my favourites, but probably not the best one to start a collection with!

ACER shirasawanum 'Lovett' 

See Acer japonicum 'Lovett'

NEW ACER shirasawanum 'Mr Sun'

ACER shirasawanum 'Ogura yama
This Maple is unique. The light green young growth in spring is covered in fine hairs to give a silvery appearance, which disappears as the growth ripens to green. Autumn colour is a dependable scarlet. Some authorities included this cultivar under A. sieboldianum. It grows slowly to become a multi branched tree to 3m.

ACER shirasawanum 'Palmatifolium' 
The maple for those who cannot grow maples! With the vigour of A. shirasawanum but the large 11 lobed leaves are reminiscent of A. palmatum. Happy in full sun without scorching and not as fussy about soil conditions, this is an excellent plant. Brilliant scarlet and orange autumn colours develop earlier in the season than is typical of A. palmatum. 2m

ACER shirasawanum 'Red Dawn'
Thought to be a hybrid between Acer shirasawanum and Acer palmatum, the result is a vigorous, upright tree. Initially purple-red in spring, the deeply cut leaves eventually become purple-green later in the summer. Good autumn colour as befits the parents. Expect 2-3m tall by 1.5m wide after 10 years.

ACER shirasawanum 'Sensu'
Previously listed as Acer palmatum 'Sensu', it is actually a hybrid (A. shirasawanum x A. palmatum). The name means "fan" which aptly describes the leaf of this delightful hybrid from Oregon. Imagine the leaves rustling in the breeze, just like a fan in motion. Essentially green leaves are subtley flushed with purple tints before developing fantastic autumn colours. Expect 3m x 2m. I like this one very much.

ACER shirasawanum 'Sonya Marie'

Coming soon...

ACER shirasawanum 'Susanne'
A seedling from A. shirasawanum 'Aureum' selected in Germany; the leaves are a light green through the summer, appearing to have a thin red margin as the pointed lobes are tipped with red. Deep gold autumn colour. The large, multi-lobed leaves are strongly pleated. Strong-growing upright small tree, the branches are often held at asymmetrical angles, making this a very architectural, broad small tree.

ACER shirasawanum 'Yasemin'

See Acer palmatum 'Yasemin'

ACER sieboldianum 'Sode no uchi'
A dwarf selection, the bright light green leaves are the smallest in the species, and shaped very much as those of A. palmatum. Predominantly bright yellow autumn colour is highlighted by red tones. Forming a rounded bush, it is happy in either border or container and is popular for bonsai use owing to its naturally compact habit.

ACER tataricum ssp. ginnala 'Flame'
Previously classified as Acer ginnala 'Flame', it is a seed source selection, giving a dramatic improvement on the species. Originating in Canada, it was named in Holland in 1982. The small leaves and robust bushy habit are very distinctive. It is typically the very first maple into leaf here, very early in the spring, though it seems perfectly tolerant of late frost. The vivid red and orange autumn colour is outstanding as you can see from the photo (left). 

ACER tataricum ssp. ginnala 'Red Wings'
This is a superb selection! It forms a small bushy tree pleasingly quickly and has an almost supernatural ability to return from the dead (based on its response here to drought last summer!) but the feature that prompted its name is clearly the brilliant red winged seeds which positively drip from the branches in late summer and autumn, before it erupts in a fiery display of colour.

ACER tegmentosum
This handsome small tree from Manchuria is arguably the hardiest of all the snakebark maples. It remains comparatively small and lightly branched so that the bold leaves and white striped bark can be appreciated with ease. This is such a tactile plant. The winter stems are covered with a white bloom, which sadly rubs off when caressed! Our plants are clonal (this means we propagate them vegetatively, usually on their own roots) so will be guaranteed to all have this exquisite bark (unlike seed grown plants which will vary). We have been urged to give it a culitvar name, which we intend to do for next year. 4-5m

ACER tegmentosum 'White Tigress'
One of the best recent selections of snakebark maple; youngest twigs are glossy purple, gaining the characteristic white striations with maturity. Yellow autumn colours add to the display.  

ACER truncatum 'Akikaze nishiki'
A vigorous, well branched shrub to 4m. The young growth is dark pink-red, changing to rich green with distinct creamy white portions. Most attractive. Tolerant of a wider range of soil and conditions than most Japanese Maples.

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