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Where to replant Acer

I have a small Acer, been planted under deciduous shrubs semi shade and not grown much. I have a north facing 3' wall which I'd like to plant it against. Does the wall give any protection from northerly wind, even though it's behind the planting? Husband reckons wind will go up and over the wall and miss the Acer?!


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Don't know, but my acer looks happier since I moved it from a north-facing border to a south-facing border.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Walls can be a problem, as the wind can eddy round them, but planting it in among other shrubs can also be a problem.
    If you mean you want to plant the Acer in the south side of the wall, that's not a good site anyway. 
    How long has the Acer been planted?
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,641
    I have a small Acer, been planted under deciduous shrubs semi shade and not grown much.
    Some named Acer palmatum are small, stay small and are very slow growing.
    Is your Acer looking healthy and happy?
    Please post a pic to show yours.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
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  • Typeset was planted in 'shrubbery' about 5 yrs ago, and actually I haven't checked it recently, and am surprised how much bigger it's got this spring! The surrounding plants are berberis on left and (I think) a tree type cotoneaster-semi- evergreen. I'm wondering whether to leave the acer there and trim back the berberis and tree a little?
    second photo is where I was planning to move it to-north facing wall. your comment
  • 'Acer' was planted in shrubbery....not 'Typeset'!  I don't know where that came from!!
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 770
    I think it would be best if you leave it where it is and give it some breathing space by cutting back the cotoneaster. It might not cope with a move and you'd lose it. Acers  don't like getting blasted by wind so the position in the other border probably wouldn't suit it. 
  • So, I think to leave it where it is, but prune cotoneaster tree and berberis around it back a bit.  Can I get away with pruning cotoneaster tree now, or am I too late this year?
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