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Oaktree – the ideal choice for Japanese Acers

In addition to an impressive and comprehensive range of plants and trees, Oaktree specialises in Japanese Acers – also known as Maples – with over 60 varieties in stock.

The term Japanese Acer refers to a large group of very ornamental shrubs and small trees named Acer Palmatum, Japonicum and Shirasawanum. Most are bushy or shaped like small trees however, those with Dissectum in the name have finely divided leaves and mostly grow into spreading, mushroom shaped bushes.

Providing an unrivalled and spectacular display for most of the year, they vary from reds and pinks in Spring; to soft yellow, green or red to purple foliage in Summer; and dynamic reds, oranges and yellows in Autumn.

The right soil and site
The secret to success with these plants is a well drained root run and moist soil in summer. If the soil is very wet and heavy, they can be also grown in containers (see below) or raised beds. Although preferring acidic soil, they will flourish in neutral to slightly alkaline conditions.

Dappled shade combined with well drained, moist soil is the ideal but the plants will mostly tolerate full sun in a sheltered position – full sun and wind combined tends to cause scorching round the edges of the leaves in Summer. Keeping the soil moist is even more important in full sun conditions. Containers can be moved to protect plants from the hot sun.

Careful planting
A little care when planting will be rewarded by these long living plants. The hole needs to be much wider and deeper than the root ball with any hard soil broken up. Lots of ericaceous compost should be added along with plenty of coarse grit or sharp sand if the drainage is poor. Plants are regularly potted on at Oaktree so the roots should not need teasing out. The depth should be similar to the pot depth with a slight mound if the soil is heavy or wet.

Great in pots
Acers are great in pots as they look good all year retaining bark colour and shape even when the leaves have dropped in winter – particularly Dissectums which suit the extra height. Potting on should be gradual adding fresh ericaceous compost every couple of years when the plants are young. Drainage holes should be kept clear. Even when re-potting is not due, it is useful to replace some of the old compost in Spring along with a feed. Watering over the foliage is to be avoided especially on sunny days as this can scorch the leaves.

Shaping up
A light pruning in Spring or Summer will retain the shape if required, otherwise they simply need the dead wood removing once or twice a year.

Oaktree provides detailed, informative labels on all plants and the experienced team is always on hand to offer help and advice.

Plant Finder
For plant information see
The BBC Plant Guide

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Please note: We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Easter Sunday
We close early (3pm) on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.


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