Acer Palmatum Extravaganza is a new small-growing deciduous Japanese Maple with pink, cream and red foliage that suits sheltered borders and can be grown in plant containers.
Acer palmatum are Japanese Maples that are native to Japan but grown right across the world. There are many cultivars on the market. Japanese Maple Extravaganza was bred by Dutch plant growers Van Son & Koot for its multi-hued filigree foliage and small growth habit.
In spring new 5-7 lobed foliage emerges on bare branches in a vivid pink flush alongside tiny inconspicuous flowers in April and May. Over the summer, leaves soften to warm shades of red and green with distinctive streaks of warm cream. In autumn red-tinged winged seed pods fall with the fiery dramatic red leaves to reveal ornamental reddish-green stems.
The shape of Extravaganza’s foliage is the most unusual aspect. It’s deeply divided into separate fingers with gently serrated edges that dance in the breeze. When paired up with other Japanese Acer varieties such as Acer Palmatum Little Red, its foliage stands out for its texture and distinctive streaks.
Japanese Acer Extravaganza is an excellent choice of tree for small gardens because it’s low-growing and endlessly colourful.
Height And Spread of Acer Palmatum Extravaganza This acer has a gently spreading habit and reaches a maximum of 1.5 metres in height and spread.
How Hardy Is Acer Palmatum Extravaganza Japanese Acer Extravaganza is fully hardy in the UK if the roots are well-drained but needs shelter from the harsh sun and the prevailing winds to thrive. Pests are rarely a problem.
How To Use Acer Palmatum Extravaganza This is an excellent choice for containers on the decking, patio or balcony because it doesn’t grow too large. It also suits sheltered rockeries, Japanese gardens, leafy low maintenance borders, and makes a fine architectural specimen acer in an urban courtyard. This easy-care acer brings a splash of colour from spring to autumn and complements other colourful foliage plants, standing out with its textured foliage and splashed cream leaves.
How To Care for Acer Palmatum Extravaganza Japanese Acer Extravaganza needs preferably neutral to acidic well-drained soil in a position sheltered from harsh winds and direct sun that can scorch its foliage. A sheltered west or east-facing spot in partial shade encourages the best leaf colour. It won’t require regular pruning but wait until the dormant winter months to cut away any dead or broken branches. For the best leaf colour, apply organic mulch in spring for the growing season and then again in autumn to protect the shallow roots from drying out. Container-grown acers should be well-drained using plant pot feet to ensure wet roots don’t freeze.