Acer Palmatum Trees are native to Japan and were named for their palm-like foliage by Dr Thunberg in the 18th Century but they are more often called Japanese Maples. Since then, many cultivars have been bred or appeared as a parent plant sport. Japanese Maple Red Wine was cultivated by Dr. Edward Hasselkus at the University of Wisconsin, USA.
Although it has the shape of a tree, this little acer is shrub-like and grows very slowly. In spring vibrant deeply lobed orange foliage appears on erect stems and gradually matures to yellow-green with red tips over summer. As autumn arrives the foliage gradually turns scarlet red. In late summer yellow, green and red leaves create a rainbow of colour and a really striking feature.
Given its size, Japanese Maple Red Wine is particularly suitable for containers and compact urban gardens.
Height and Spread of Acer Palmatum Red Wine Erect, but slow-growing Acer Red Wine only reaches a maximum height of 1.5 metres and spreads over 70 cms to a metre.
How Hardy Is Acer Palmatum Red Wine If its roots are well-drained and it’s grown in a sheltered spot with some shade Japanese Maple Red Wine is hardy and withstands freezing British winters.
How To Use Acer Palmatum Red Wine Because this small acer likes part shade it’s a good choice for pots on a sheltered balcony garden, patio, or decking. If growing it on a balcony or roof terrace take care to shelter it from strong winds which will damage the foliage. In a compact urban garden, Red Wine is a striking and colourful specimen tree from spring to autumn and it excels in a sheltered leafy border as part of a mixed foliage garden. It suits Japanese themes and rock gardens and will fit into the majority of sheltered spaces.
How To Care For Acer Palmatum Red Wine Give Acer Palmatum Red Wine a sheltered spot in partial sun for the best foliage colour. In a mixed border near trees is perfect. It likes well-drained fertile soil preferably neutral to acidic but it will grow in alkaline soil with plenty of mulch in spring and again in autumn. If you’re growing Red Wine in a container make it doesn’t dry out, feed it weekly in summer, and raise it up on pot feet during winter to avoid the roots freezing.
Pruning acers often leads to their ruination so go easy and only remove broken or damaged branches in the dormant winter season.
Japanese Maple Red Wine is low maintenance, attractive and perfect for the majority of sheltered spots in a garden from country-style borders to urban developments - everyone needs a small colourful acer to brighten their day.