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Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy'  AGM

Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' AGM

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Hardiness:
To -20 °C
Height After 10 Years:
125-150cm
Scent:
Not Scented
Interesting Foliage:
Yes

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Spidery, red maroon foliage gives a delicate lacy appearance. Vigorous new growth can produce palmate foliage, which should be left unpruned, as the typical and sought-after linear foliage will be produced next season. A compact grower with rich bronzy yellow autumn colour. Expected height is 150cm in 10 years.

Good to know

Acers, or Japanese Maples, make excellent companion plants for rhododendrons. The taller growing varieties offer light dappled shade above rhododendrons, whilst the smaller growing maples provide a strong foliage contrast, especially when seen in a low umbrella habit. All acers have lovely new foliage in the spring and most have fantastic autumn colour. Acers can grow in a quite random fashion which can be attractive, but staking and tying is recommended to train new shoots vertically. Spectacular effects can be gained by training the classic mushroom shape at different heights. This requires staking vertically from a young age to form the stem height you require before starting the cascade.



All require good moist soil with a high organic content and are best planted with ericaceous compost to aid establishment. For a guide to plant spacing, use the height we give in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Plant no deeper than the top of the rootball, and dig in plenty of good ericaceous compost around the sides. A teaspoon of slow release feed is sufficient for a 3 litre plant, rising to a small handful for a mature plant. Acers are suitable for growing in pots and containers; re-pot every 3 years for best performance.



Please note: The dissectum (cut-leaf) cultivars are less tolerant to wind and require a more sheltered position, to prevent wind-burnt foliage.



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The Basics

Ideal soil

Acidic soil, good organic content, pH 4.5-6.0. Inkarho range of rhododendrons will tolerate soils up to pH7.5

Sun or Shade

Light dappled shade is best for most varieties.

Shelter

Refer to hardiness rating. Give young plants protection.

Site Selection

Avoid close to trees, roots, invasive weeds, walls, hot patios, dry banks and waterlogged soils. Do not use weed matting or stone mulch

Plant spacing

Use the height shown in 10 years as a guide to the distance between each plant. Allow room for plant to fill out. If planting closer for instant impact, be prepared to move plants after a few years.

Compost

  • 3 litre pot, dig in 10-20 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 7.5 litre pot, dig in 20-30 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 70-80cm specimen, dig in 60 litres of ericaceous compost.
  • 100-120cm specimen, dig in 120 litres of ericaceous compost.

Planting depth

Plant high in the ground, with the top of the rootball visible.

Feeding

Slow-release ericaceous feed recommended in March and straight after flowering.

Mulch

Recommended every few years.

Water

The key ingredient! Keep moist all season, especially the critical time at end of June for flower bud initiation. Tap water is better than no water. Heavy dose at least once per week in dry weather.

Drainage

Ensure good drainage in winter, especially with yellow varieties. Avoid waterlogged sites.

Pruning

Not normally required. Tidy wayward shoots after flowering. Evergreen azaleas and Bloombux can be clipped into a low hedge.

Deadheading

Remove old flower-heads, particularly on young or weak plants.


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