Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is a medium-sized maple, it is one of the earliest to come into leaf with a delightful display of gold and orange glowing leaves turning to light green throughout the summer but retaining orange edges to the leaves. Fairly upright growth and suitable for planting in any garden or quite happy in a container. The autumn provides a fantastic display of yellowsand oranges, and is one of our most popular maples. Height 4-5m in 15 years. RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Position: Full sun to part shade sheltered site preferred out of strong winds
- Soil: All soils, but avoid waterlogged areas very dry soils will need extra watering
- Eventual Size: 4 - 5 metres, but can be pruned
- Habit: Deciduous open, vase-like habit
- Foliage: Deciduous
- Common Names: Japanese maple 'Katsura'
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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