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Choosing the right acer for my front garden

Hello all,

I've never had an east facing site, but have had acers before (Palmatum and Katsura) in a sheltered, west facing site.

I'd love to fill a gap in my new blank slate of a garden, with another dwarf acer - they are so beautiful, that I can't be without one any more!

Ideally nothing larger than 2-3m in height. Part sun (mornings only). Fairly protected spot, with its back to a fence and wind breaker hedges to one side.

Soil is going to be (after I have worked hard to improve it) well drained, improved London clay.

I love the almost white leaves of Ukigumo, but at 5m height that may be too tall - unless their height can be contained, without damaging them...I have never pruned mine in the past.

Thank you for your thoughts.



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  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    you can prune Japanese acers, you just have to be careful doing it and when you do it as they can bleed
  • Jess is in the GardenJess is in the Garden Posts: 1,022
    edited April 2019
    Ah yes, I remember that the season is crucial. I do love their natural form though, so I'd never prune to re-shape, just to reduce potential maximum height.
    Thanks Treehugger!
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,508
    I planted an acer palmatum dissectum about 30 years ago and is now about 3m high and 4m wide
    The pale green fern-like leaves are just beginning to unfurl and the tiny red flowers about to open. It's a beautiful tree and the local photo club often appear in autumn when the leaves colour-up as it is stunning - 

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  • Pete.8 said:
    I planted an acer palmatum dissectum about 30 years ago and is now about 3m high and 4m wide
    The pale green fern-like leaves are just beginning to unfurl and the tiny red flowers about to open. It's a beautiful tree and the local photo club often appear in autumn when the leaves colour-up as it is stunning - 

    I'm not surprised - that is truly stunning!
    My favourite acer was my Katsura - the leaves unfurled apricot coloured, changing to green and cream, with a bit of pink. I used to love early Spring and waiting for them to start. Another plant I had to leave behind....sob...
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,508
    I have a Katsura too, sadly it has verticillum wilt :( 
    It's ok, just not very tree-like though.
    Why not get another Katsura?
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Fancied something different! I love the look of the Ukigumo, but not sure if it'll withstand an east facing site.
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