Acers (Japanese Maples)

Acers, which are commonly referred to as Japanese Maples, are an attractive, diverse tree with hundreds of varieties. The enormous range of sizes, colours and shapes ensure that you will be able to find the perfect Acer to fit any area. They can be planted on their own as a focal point to complement an arrangement of plants or as a border plant. The opportunities to incorporate an Acer into your garden are endless.

They are deciduous so come into leaf in early Spring, look stunning through the Summer months, and then lose their leaves after having changed colour in Autumn. Some varieties will change leaf colour 3 or 4 times a season. Not only do the leaves change colour, but their stem colour can also change.

Caring for your Acer

We tend to stock the varieties which are easiest to grow and care for. Acer’s do not require regular pruning, but if space is at a premium or to improve the shape of the tree, it is best done in September. They are a popular tree for the garden as the root systems are compact and not invasive. Japanese Maples prefer slightly acid soil conditions although they are very adaptive, as they have been found to grow across the world in varying climates and soils.

Japanese Tea House and Garden around Koi PondJapanese Maples can tolerate full sun, but prefer a shady woodland setting, if possible. In addition, owners can place the maple in a pot, but they require careful watering. Observations have found that Acers can be restricted from growing well when they are over watered or are in a swampy location. To thrive they need to have damp but not water-logged roots.

As with all plants, Acers are susceptible to pests and diseases. Therefore you should be aware and regularly check the leaves for any damage. Look out for Aphids, in early spring when the new leaves first appear.

Identifying which Acer species you have

Over centuries, the names for species have been miss interpreted and in some cases the same variation is known by a couple names. This can make finding out the Acer’s correct name difficult. A simple way to narrow the possibilities is to look at the leaf type; Acer palmatum’s have broad leaves and as a rule grow into trees, ever taller with time. Acer palmatum dissectum’s, by comparison, have finely cut leaves and the tree naturally tends to form a dome shaped canopy.

Our stock

At our nursery we have a large range of Japanese Maples. Some examples of the species we stock are pictured below. We are proud that our Acers have been chosen to feature within Mr. Ishihara’s garden at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower show for the last 4 years. Moreover, this year BBC coverage labelled our plants as ‘outstanding’.

Due to the constant changing stocks we do not sell our Acers for online orders. We welcome customers to visit our nursery, email or call us for more information about our current stock. Please see the pictures below for an idea of the type of varieties we have at our Garden Centre. Typically we have over 150 Acers in stock at any one time, which range in size from 40cm tall to 4m tall.


acer japonicum green cascade