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Is my Acer ok?

Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 201
It seems to be leaving up but seems bare. I can't remember if it did the same last year too? Does it need full or part shade?


  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,316
    Acers prefer some shade as they can suffer from sun scorching. Your acer is fine, you can go over it with sharp scissors or secateurs to remove the dead tips of the branches which will be die back from frost, snow or cold wind. Trim back to a growing shoot. I remove the top 2-3 ins of soil each year and replace with fresh ericaceous compost, keep damp but not waterlogged and water with rain water, not tap water.
  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,982
    Hi @Ryan180680 - the official advice for Acers is ‘dappled shade’ - I find they do tolerate some sun ok. Good drainage is important- so maybe put the pot on pot-feet or similar. Your plant is probably getting too big for that pot (although I have one of a similar size and it’s ok). If the bare branches are grey/white and snap easily then those can be cut off. 
    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • PurplerainPurplerain Posts: 1,053
    Watering with rain water is not necessary if you live in a soft water area. Much of Scotland has soft water. Thought I would just mention that as I don't know where you live in the country @Ryan180680
    SW Scotland
  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 201

    So a month on and my Acer is looking even more sorry for myself. Is it dying? 
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  • Ryan180680Ryan180680 Posts: 201
    Acer palmatum dissectum is highly prone to wind scorch on sunny windy days. I suspect this is what you are seeing. It is big enough to go in the ground and will be the better for it. There is no need for special soil: as long as not heavy. 
    So you think It'll be ok if planted in ground? 
  • Kate.harriKate.harri Posts: 44
    Yes Ryan, both mine are planted in the ground.

    Mine is wind burnt, or I am guilty of watering overhead in sun. It looks a bit nasty but as Acers are deciduous it’s not a problem...or won’t be next year.

    I won’t dig it up though.
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