Named after a tropical Island south of Tokyo, this wonderful small tree has leaves emerging a gorgeous bright green then turning dark green in summer before giving a fabulous display of orange and gold in the autumn. Has a rounded shape to the crown, excellent as a small specimen tree reaching 8-10 foot after 10 years. Plant away from cold winds in a sheltered spot in sun/part shade. Prefers fertile, free draining soil or use ericaceous compost if growing in a container with 20% John Innes no 3 added.
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Ki-hachijo'
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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