The 'Red Mirror' maple was introduced from the Angyo Maple Nursery, Japan, in 1930 and is one of the larger Japanese maples, having very attractive, dark wine-red colour, seven lobed, deeply incised leaves on red leaf stalks and having tiny red flowers in the spring. It is a vigorous grower and in ideal conditions can reach 4-5 metres in 10 years. Makes a wonderful tree, trim very vigorous shoots in early spring to encorage good shape. Will grow in gentle sun/part shade in fertile, free draining soil away from cold, northerly winds.
- Position: Sun/part shade
- Soil: Fertile, free draining
- Eventual Size: 5 metres after 10-15 years
- Habit: Shrub/tree, open branched
- Foliage: Deciduous, dark red
- Common Names: Japanese Maple 'Beni Kagami' and 'Red Mirror' maple
Japanese Maples are best pruned when fully dormant (November to early February), as maples bleed sap from pruning cuts at other times, weakening the tree. However, pruning is still best kept to a minimum as the most graceful shape comes from a tree that has been allowed to develop fairly naturally. As a result, just remove badly-placed or crossing shoots to encourage a good framework of branches to form. Where you do need to reduce height and width, follow long branches back to a side branch and pruning it out at this point. This is not necessary on prostrate-growing trees because they should be allowed to spread naturally to gain the best effect.
Please refer to our: Japanese Maple Growing Guide
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