Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'
Japanese maple 'Skeeter's Broom'
Discovered by Ed "Skeeter" Rod in Pennsylvania this is a witches broom with the usual twiggy growth but a very vigorous upright habit. The small attractive leaves emerge bright red in spring before turning dark red in summer. This plant holds it's co...
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- Position: Full sun to part shade out of cold, drying winds - especially coastal winds
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, acid or neutral soil
- Eventual Size: Height and spread in 20 years up to around 2m by 1.2m.
- Habit: Grow as small multi stemmed tree or large shrub
- Foliage: Deciduous
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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