Acer palmatum 'Pheonix' is a very exciting small cultivar of Japanese Maple, the deeply lobed leaves emerging bright pink with distinctive green veins on young fresh red shoots. The leaves turn green with red edges in summer before turning yellow, orange and red in the autumn. Wil reach 2-3 metres after 15 years so makes a wonderful tree for a smaller garden or as a specimen in a pot or add to a collection of Japanese maples to add extra interest. Grows best in semi shade or gentle sun in a sheltered spot in fertile, free draining soil.
- Position: Part shade
- Soil: Fertile, free draining
- Eventual Size: 2-3 metres after 15 years
- Habit: Upright multi branched
- Foliage: Green, pink, red, deeply lobed
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Pheonix'
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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