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last updated 19/10/2014

ACER palmatum 'D˘nzuru bo'

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ACER palmatum 'Eddisbury' 
I have to admit that this is only very subtly different to the better known Coral Bark Maple - 'Sangokaku' It is a British introduction dating back to 1970. Equally bright coral red bark colour but arguably a sturdier plant. 5m

ACER palmatum 'Edna Bergman' 
From Australia, the general appearance of this cultivar is reminiscent of 'Osakasuki', but to date we have found it more vigorous as a young plant. In the autumn it stood out over all others as having the richest red autumn colour. An excellent strong and well behaved plant. 4-5m

ACER palmatum 'Elizabeth'
As with most of these dwarf maples, 'Elizabeth' originated as a witches broom. For me this is one of the most resilient in the group, exhibiting complete hardiness here, as well as amazing tolerance of full exposure and excessive wet. Of dense upright habit, the small red leaves feature a shortened, more rounded central lobe. Expect approaching 2m by half that in around 10 years.

ACER palmatum 'Enkan'
In the Linearilobum group with narrow, strap like leaves, this is a gorgeous Japanese selection. The rich deep purple colouring is held well all season and is for me the most intense of all the culitvars in this group, certainly of those that we grow. Well branched, rounded habit to 2m - as with others in this group, excess fertiliser can result in strong growth not showing the true graceful leaf shape.

ACER palmatum 'Fairy Hair'

ACER palmatum 'Fall's Fire'
As the name implies, this new selection was made for it's dazzling yellow, orange and red autumn colours. It is too soon to know exactly how big it will grow, but it appears to be of upright habit, so I would classify it is a "normal" small tree. Young growth is an attractive yellow-green.

ACER palmatum 'Fascination'
It is thought that this distinctive cultivar may be derived from A. japonicum 'Aconitifolium', based on its shape and habit. It is fast growing, with large bright coarsely serrated green leaves up to 10cm across. These open yellow orange in spring and turn orange again in autumn. The bark is also attractive, being green with notable white striations.

ACER palmatum 'Fior d'Arancio' 
This large leaved Italian introduction gives an almost bicolour effect in early summer as the chocolate coloured young growth contrasts with green mature leaves. This contrast is maintained for longer in good light since the new leaves turn to green more rapidly in shade. The growth is sturdy but slow, so expect the mature plant to be of broad habit but probably not exceeding 2-3m in 10 years. Autumn colours are lovely reds. 

ACER palmatum 'Fireball'

Once you've seen this spectacular plant in the autumn, you will understand its name! The small deep reddish purple leaves turn a brilliant fiery red in autumn. Of witch's broom origin, this dwarf maple grows to little more than a metre tall by a little less in width in 10 years. 

ACER palmatum 'Fireglow' 
This Italian introduction is perhaps an improvement on 'Bloodgood' with bright deep purple leaves all summer. An upright small tree. Fantastic red autumn colour as you can see from the photo (left). 3-4m

ACER palmatum 'First Ghost'
I am indebted to Talon Buchholtz for sharing his "Ghost Series" with me. Part of the Reticulatum Group which I love anyway, this one opens with wonderful peachy colours before maturing to cream tipped with rose pink and highlighted with green veining. Delightful, but needing a shady spot to protect the gorgeous foliage. 

ACER palmatum 'Geisha Gone Wild'


ACER palmatum 'Gentaku' 

ACER palmatum 'Glowing Embers' 
If you have a hot garden, then this could be the maple for you! Selected (and still thriving) at the University of Georgia in southern USA, this cultivar is renown for its heat tolerance. It's also pleasingly fast growing, making a small tree of graceful, slightly arching habit. The leaves are classic palmatum in their shape, and turn from a restful green in summer to a kaleidoscope of colour in autumn. The young plants of these are on their own roots, which is a very exciting development.

ACER palmatum 'Golden Pond'
The name is intended to conjure images of a golden lake...since this cultivar will grow considerably wider than tall and develops bright golden yellow autumn colour. Through the summer it is mid-green, but I notice a bronze tinge to the young growth which is quite distinctive. Otherwise it is similar in leaf shape and colouring to 'Hogyoku' - though the habit is quite the opposite.

ACER palmatum 'Grace'
Coming soon...

NEW ACER palmatum 'Grandma Ghost'

ACER palmatum 'Green Flag'
An elegant yet robust plant from Talon Buchholz's Flora Wonder(tm) Collection. I understand that it originated as a seedling from an Acer shirasawanum parent, though there is debate as to whether the other parent is A. palmatum or A. shirasawanum. My problem therefore is that Talon classifies this, understandably, under A. shirasawanum, yet in the World Checklist of Maple Cultivar Names (which nomenclature I have declared that I am following) it is listed as a palmatum cultivar...
The smaller than type bright green leaves certainly reflect their shirasawanum origins in shape, whilst the yellow-orange colour s are a worthy addition to any autumn display. Slow growing and reasonably upright when young, I wouldn't expect to see much more than 2m in height after 10 years. 

ACER palmatum 'Green Trompenburg'
A vigorous plant of open habit potentially to 10m. It can be encouraged to become tree-like or shrubby according to your mood. The large 7 lobed leaves are rich green, with each lobe characteristically rolled under at the edges. Striking orange-yellow autumn colours.

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