Acer flamingo

VerdunVerdun Posts: 23,348
Earlier this year someone posted a question about pruning Acer flamingo. Some were highly sceptical when I suggested pruning to ground level every spring. That's what I do. My bush is now a mass of pink, cream and pale green, not too much of the,green though, some 7 feet tall by 9 feet across. I wil post a photo later when I find out how to do it. It is truly the eye catching focal point of my top garden.


  • J.J.J.J. Posts: 23


  • J.J.J.J. Posts: 23

    thank you christopher. i will find out what varieties i have before i do any thing to them.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,194

    Japanese maples tend not to take kindly to pruning except for removing any branches killed by winter frosts and a little modest re-shaping.

    Interesting about your Flamingo Christopher.  I have a young one in my big front triangular bed which needs some re-jigging for extra winter interest and a better summer display so it's good to know I can decide it will be a shrub and not a full blown tree.


    The Vendée, France
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,194

    That's a good tip too.  My cotinus often loses a few branches to winter freezes.  Too late this year but next year i'll be pinching its tips to make it bushier.  Thanks.

    The Vendée, France
  • My Dad was THE gardener of the family and sadly is no longer with me - I've inherited a Flamingo Acer at my new flat and to me, it's doesn't seem to be very happy, the majority of the leaves look very withered, but there is an unusal 'green' shoot thats appeared in the middle of it - please see attached photos and any assistance gratefully received.

    Thank you,


  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Umm...don't seem to be any photos. But I'd guess the unusual green shoot is a reversion, and probably needs removing.

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    I had a flamingo that kept getting scorched by wind and sun, I think the variegated leaves were a bit delicate for the position it was in.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Thanks for this Verdun, I will certainly follow your advice.

    It was one of your photos that made me interested in this. Then saw one at the Malvern Spring show, and have finally found one I can afford at B&Q yesterday.

    I listed it in my 'book' as a must have way back in /MayApril


    very excited by it image

  • I have a flamingo acer which has a 4ft branch that has reverted back to a normal green acer, please can you tell me when to remove it 

    Many thanks Lesley Thomas

  • Thankyou Verdun will do

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