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CorrinaCorrina Posts: 12

I love Acers and have 6 growing in various sized pots and all doing very well, a couple are quite old now.  I bought a new one last year called 'Flamingo' very pink with some green.  However it's nothing like any other acer, seems to grow very straggly with no real shape.  It's come back after the winter very strong and healthy but I'm not sure whether to try to shape it, would be grateful for advice.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    Hi Colleen

    most of the decorative acers that are grown in pots are cultivars of Acer palmatum. I googled acer flamingo and it's Acer negundo, a different species. I have plain Acer negundo growing in the garden, 'straggly with no real shape' describes it very well. You can prune it, if you cut it right back it will regrow, but it will never look like the others

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • CorrinaCorrina Posts: 12

    Thanks for the reply.  I love the colour so will keep it towards the back of the group where the straggly look won't matter. 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,417

    good ideaimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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