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Acer palmatum 'Bonfire'

ACER palmatum 'Bonnie Bergman'
An Australian cultivar almost unknown in Europe, which is a shame because I think it is gorgeous. A distinct colour, but oh so difficult to describe. More purple than green, with wonderful subtle shades and a lovely habit, not stiffly erect yet not floppy and untidy. 4m

ACER palmatum 'Bultinck'
This pretty plant was given to us by the respected Belgian nurseryman as a seedling he noticed in a block of rootstocks. The colours are ever-changing and vary enormously with light levels, but it is most attractive, falling in the 'Kasagyama' group with deeply divided leaves and conspicuous veining.

ACER palmatum 'Burgundy Lace' 
Attractive in habit and leaf. Deeply divided, lacy purple leaves though not a dissectum. Arching habit, about as wide as high. 4m.

ACER palmatum 'Butterfly' 
Upright densely branched shrub. The leaves are a distinct grey green with broad silvery white margin. Unusual with its lack of pink. Superb scarlet autumn colour. Excellent garden plant, particularly where space is precious. Best in partial shade. 3m

NEW ACER palmatum 'Calico'
We obtained this charming cultivar from Australia. Essentially vivid orange in spring, like 'Katsura'. This can either fade to green or richen to burnished copper through the summer, according to light levels. It doesn't grow quite so large, so fantastic therefore for pots or smaller gardens.

Acer palmatum 'Carlis Corner'
A lovely dwarf selection from America, it forms a globular shape with small leaves having a distinctly truncated central lobe. The leaves open pinky red, changing to a rich purplish red which is held well, even in shade. Perfect for pots. wonderful orange-red autumn colours.

ACER palmatum 'Chishio Improved' 
See Acer palmatum 'Shin chishio'

ACER palmatum 'Chitose yama' 
The beauty of this maple comes from its subtlety; it is not as "obvious" as many. The leaf colour seems to be always changing; starting bright crimson later becoming purplish red, before wonderful scarlet autumn colour. Deeply divided, serrated leaves and broad arching habit. 2-3m.

ACER palmatum 'Coonara Pygmy' 
This dwarf Australian cultivar is highly sought after, particularly by bonsai collectors. It forms a delightful dense rounded mound and is surprisingly vigorous as a young plant. Fresh green foliage becomes fiery orange in autumn. 1-2m

ACER palmatum 'Coral Pink' 
This lovely form was selected in the Kalmthout Arboretum, Belgium in 1965. However, it was not named until 1985. This gives an idea of the work that needs to be put into "new introductions"! A small upright shrub, the new leaves are a striking coral pink, turning to a yellow-green in summer. It prefers a sheltered site out of full sun, but we have been impressed by its vigour. Wonderful. 1.5m

ACER palmatum 'Corallinum'
This outstanding and highly sought after cultivar originated at Hillier's some 100 years ago. It is incredible that it is still so rare. The new scarlet-pink leaves are almost fluorescent. As with others in this group, they fade to reddish green with traces of pink according to light levels. Often described as a dwarf, the rate of growth will be very much determined by growing conditions. A slow twiggy plant, so ideal in a pot where it can remain quite tiny, but given more ideal conditions in the open ground 2-3m are certainly possible.

ACER palmatum 'Crimson Carol'

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