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Acer Palmatum

Does anyone know if my Acer Palmatum which I have had since it was about 6" high will survice in my new garden in Andalucia, 15kms inland from the Mediterranean, in a garden which is mainly east and south facing (though plenty of shade).


  • Sounds lovely, Andalucia.

    it should be fine just keep it well watered, its going in shade So some sun some shade, well waterd..magic!

    Let us see it when its planted.


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,104

    These trees are woodland glade plants so you will need to keep it protected from hot sun and drying winds.   I suggest you give it a mulch of moistened chipped bark or else a mix of pebbles and gravel to retain moisture in its soil or pot and, if you can, have it near a water feature so it gets a bit of humidity.  The leaves are prone to crisping and going brown if they get too dry.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • True, there are some Acers that suffer windburn and sun burn but mine never did. It did’nt matter what element nature threw at it no harm in fact it loved it.

    Here we have long drives and the gales could be quite strong. There was no shade from other trees and everyone said what a beauty it was especially with its oranges and reds.

    That Acer was there for seven years and too big for me to dig up to bring to my new home. Its still there.

    I loved watching it blowing in the breeze from my lounge window.

    it was a tiny sapling from a supermarket years ago.

    Last edited: 12 October 2017 15:29:41

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,104

    That would be because Lancashire and most of the UK is significantly more moist than Andalucia.  In my Belgian garden I had an acer Sango Kaku in full sun but with a trellis panel to break the westerly winds, moist clay based soil, plenty of rain and a generally humid atmosphere when it was hot.  I wouldn't try that down near Gibraltar.

    Last edited: 12 October 2017 16:13:54

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,032

    Agree with Obelixx. I inherited one in my previous garden which was in probably the worst position for any acer - out in the open with no significant shelter from the sun, and north or north easterly winds by any other planting or buildings. It got a bit frazzled at the ends of the foliage, but survived because it had copious amounts of water chucked on it from the sky - all year round, and clay soil. It was also next to the spring fed pond, so plenty of moisture all round it.

    It would have been even better if it had been put in a shadier spot to protect it from the elements. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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