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Acer Negundo Kelly's Gold is a golden-leaved variety of Box Elder Maple, prized for its compact size and striking foliage. Offering interest throughout the better part of the year, this deciduous tree is often used as a specimen tree for smaller gardens as it won’t get overly large.
In the spring, the leaves unfold bright yellow, maturing to chartreuse in the summer, to lush shades of gold in the autumn. In June, the rich foliage is complemented by masses of ribbon-like yellow flowers. When the vivid foliage drops, attractive pale, grey-green branches provide interest during the winter. An undemanding cultivar, Acer Negundo Kelly's Gold is easy to grow and to care for. Same as other Box Elder Maple varieties, this variety will tolerate any soil, as long as it is moist but well-drained. Choose a sheltered spot in full sun or dappled shade to ensure this deciduous tree thrives in your garden.
A New Zealand native, Acer Negundo Kelly's Gold feels at home in the coastal areas of the United Kingdom. Fully hardy, it will fare well in most parts of the country, as long as the winter temperatures don’t drop below -10 degrees. Even though it’s frost hardy, Acer Negundo Kelly's Gold will appreciate a sheltered position, away from strong winds. Quite resilient, this variety is not affected by any serious diseases or pests.
With its bushy habit, this particular variety of Box Elder Maple can be grown as a small ornamental tree or a large, oval-shaped shrub. To encourage a tree shape, regularly remove shoots that appear from the base, or leave untouched for a bushy shrub form. Routinely remove branches with green leaves. This cultivar responds well to hard pruning. Most specimens of Kelly's Gold don’t grow over 7 metres in height, with circa 4 meters spread, so this is a tree ideally suited for gardens with limited space. Depending on your preference, it can serve as focal point when grown as a specimen tree, or provide texture and colour in borders, as a large shrub.
With attractive foliage and good autumn colour, Acer Negundo Kelly's Gold will brighten up any landscape. Contrast this striking cultivar with red-leaved plants such as Berberis Thunbergii Admiration and Acer Palmatum Red Emperor, or even deep purple varieties like Acer Palmatum Dissectum Inaba Shidare. See also Acer Negundo Flamingo or Variegated Box Elder.
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