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Hi! I'm new to the forum and would appreciate some advice.

I'm designing a Japanese garden and  these are the types of acers I am planting.

Bog standard Acer palmatum Green

Acer Palmatum Osakazuki

Acer Palmatum Going Green

Acer Palmatum Aoyagi

Acer Shirasawanum 'Jordan'

Acer Palmatum Orange Dream.

Acer Palmatum Taylor

Can anyone tell me the height in descending order these will reach please? Such varying advice on the net.

I made a mistake once before planting an Acer in the front of the garden that overtook everything else and basically blocked the whole eyeline.

Don't want to make that mistake again!

Any advice will be gladly received.

Oh and anything else to make a Japanese garden special.

Thank you.



  • My Osakazuki is 9 years old and has reached a height of 3 metres and has a spread of 2 metres from a sapling of  about 1 metre. Soil is lightish and slightly acidic, gets a bucket of compost around it most years. Grows below pine trees in dappled shade.

  • alexisfalexisf Posts: 9

    Thank you Nutcracker 

    I believe they have outstanding Autumn colouring but are mostly green for the rest of the season.

    I adore the green varieties of Acers. A lot of people prefer the reds but I am looking to achieve a tranquil atmosphere, so varying hues on the green spectrum it is for me.

    I'm not brave enough to do battle with a bag of manure.

    I'm fairly new to gardening. Baby steps :)

    They'll have to be content with something relatively tame smelling that comes in a pretty box with the word ericaceous somewhere  on it!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    If you check out your local garden centre you will find composted manure. It doesn't smell! image It contains the nutrients without the downsides of following a horse with a bucket!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,263

    Hi Alexisf.

    You have a lovely choice of acers there. Another thing that is found in Japanese gardens is a water feature of some description. The nicest ones are the ones called deer scarers where the water runs through a series of bamboo channels and at one point there is a rocking section that once filled with water tips up and makes the noise heard in bamboo wind chimes. The emptied rocking section then returns to its original position and the whole process begins again. It would need a power source to function unless you were lucky enough to have a flowing stream through your garden.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904


    I'm always fascinated by this geometric business. It calms the scientist in me trying to figure out the best way to do it.

    I hasten to add this is definitely not my garden!!!! image

  • alexisfalexisf Posts: 9

    Exactly what I'm aiming for!

    Apparently it is very soothing, the raking of gravel so I'm going to have a go myself. 

    It represents the illusion of water.

    Isn't that lovely? 

    Plus it negates the need for pumps,algae busters and all the other malarkey that comes with ponds!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    Confession time:-

    When on holiday some years ago we did the touring thing and then the shopping know the drill. One of the shops had gimmicks and gadgets (is there such a thing as a Discovery channel store...I can't remember?) and one was a tray with coarse sand in it and little tiny rakes and stick things. 

    Pah! Said I. What on earth use is that?...Who'd buy that?... Whatsatabout....? 

    I could not pass them!!!!! Every one I came to I had to poke it and play with it. A little mini Zen garden apparently. Wish I'd bought one! image Might make one! image 

    When your garden looks like that , I'm moving in!!

  • alexisfalexisf Posts: 9

    You will be most welcome and every morning whilst I make the tea and toast you can rake to the sound of twittering birdsong and gentle wind chimes....

    I can picture it now.....?

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,904

    It's a deal! image

  • alexisfalexisf Posts: 9
    Ladybird4 say

     It would need a power source to function unless you were lucky enough to have a flowing stream through your garden.

    Funny you should mention it Ladybird!

    My son will be on his knees over the weekend laying the conduit and cable for my outside power source and to make things even better.....the previous owners left this beautifully battered stone planter in the garden (they planted a leylandii in it ....don't ask!) and that is exactly what I am going to get...a deer scarer...

    And the leylandii I am afraid, will be going to the big forest in the sky   :)

    See original post


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