Best Acers For Vibrant Foliage

Acer - Orange Dream

by Garden News |

Acers - commonly known as maple trees - are becoming increasingly popular in British gardens, mainly down to their glorious foliage in a range of colours. They are quite slow-growing so you have to be patient if you start with a small plant but the wait is worth it and they will become a focal point of your whole garden.

Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’

Slow-growing statuesque variety with tiered branches clothed with fans of vivid yellow leaves. Small sprays of red flowers in spring. Bright red autumn colour. H/S: 6m (20ft) after 20 years.

Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’

Tip: Lovely as a focus of an oriental garden

From: www.gardeningexpress.co.uk

Tel 08448 044253

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Strongly-fingered leaves open bright orange, quickly turning orange-flushed yellow, with a pink margin, then green over summer. Orange autumn tones. H/S: 4m (13ft) after 10 years.

Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’

Tip: Works well in a pot on a patio.

From: www.ornamental-trees.co.uk

Tel 01943 660870

Acer conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’

Large shrub or small tree with vivid red, white striped shoots. Young foliage has vivid pink variegation, becoming darker as leaves green up by early summer. H/S: 6m (20ft) in 10 years.

Acer conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’

Tip: Plant as a focal point so striped bark can be admired in winter.

From: www.burncoose.co.uk

Tel 01209 860316

Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’

Popular form of sycamore with salmon-pink young foliage. Pale yellow pallor to leaves in summer can be unattractive. Slow-growing lollipop form. H:H/S:3m (10ft) in 20 years.

Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’

Tip: Site away from cold, drying spring winds

From: From: www.ornamental-trees.co.uk

Tel 01943 660870

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’

New variety with orange-flushed pointed leaves which turn to a soft yellow green. Orange tones in autumn. Busy, open shape provides a strong silhouette. H/S: 3m (10ft) in 10 years.

Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’

Tip: Lightly prune to create strong architectural shape.

From: www.crocus.co.uk

Tel 01344 578111

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