Acre flamingo

I have just bought an acre flamingo which I want to grow as a shrub. Any help please.


  • Jean GenieJean Genie Posts: 1,724

    Hi John and Christopher , John have you got an acer ( japanese maple ) flamingo or a salix ( willow ) flamingo ?  Christopher -  I'm really surprised that you are cutting back an acer as they only need minimal pruning - I've got an acer flamingo and  I'm sure if I hard pruned it , it would be no more !

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    I agree with Jean - Japanese acers do not tolerate cutting hard back, although salix do.

  • It is an acer flamingo, I have read it can be cut back if you want itto be a shrub rather than a tree.
  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Hang on, I'm getting my acers crossed. Yours isn't one of the small Japanese acers, is it, but a more normal small tree? In that case, you can theoretically cut back the trunk when it is young and thus cause it to produce lower branches and so turn into a shrub. Afraid I've never done this, so can't comment how well it'll work, sorry.

  • Thanks for info, I will cut back in spring.
  • How can I take hard wood cuttings of acers

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