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Acer tree advice please

i am hoping to plant my first ever Acer tree this autumn and want to make sure I choose the right tree.
I'm hoping for it to ultimately become a lovely ‘feature’ tree planted in the centre of my front lawn. I understand that acers grow slowly but I would like the following:
tree shape with single trunk.
soil is rubbley clay
sun most of the day all year
happy to have to water it
eventual size of about 4-6m high (or taller - ie I don’t want miniature)
would like a colour change, either light in summer to dark in autumn or just something that looks different through the seasons 
it will be the first thing people see when they drive up to our house and I’d like something really dramatic and beautiful.

please let me know what I should choose, I am absolutely clueless!!

many thanks in advance 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    edited August 2019
    Most Japanese acers don't like an open aspect with full sun and need some shade and protection from wind.  They also need acid to neutral soil and won't do well in an alkaline soil, so you need to check what you have as far as pH goes.  If your soil is suitable, have a look at Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku' which can make a specacular specimen tree:

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,201
    edited August 2019
    Have you thought about Acer Griseum?
    Fab flaking bark.
    Excellent autumn colour.
    Makes a very handsome specimen tree.

    Pic 1. Our Acer palmatum Sango kaku... in autumn
    Pic 2.  Bark.Acer Griseum
    Pic 3.  Acer Griseum.....Fine old tree at Duffryn Gardens near Cardiff.
    Pic 4.   Our young Acer Griseum tree in autumn
    in autumn

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,007

    Widely available and not too fussy in its requirements ; had one for many years with no problems whatsoever .
    Beautiful crimson autumnal colours too ! Recommended !! ;)

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