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TomCranhamTomCranham Posts: 139

I've got several acers in the garden and i really like my 'Red Dragon', but i think my favourite is a Katsura that i rescued from the sale section at my local garden centre for £5 :)


  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    Good post! I'm obsessed with Acers at the moment and have bought a Katsura and a Palmatum Dissectum recently from a nursery. The Katsura is beautiful although it did have an ant farm in its root ball! I also rescued a couple of unloved seed grown young acers from a florist the other week, £3 for the 2... worth a shot. I also have a bonsai acer which I am unsure of variety and a Bloodgood that I found under a load of other bushes in my landlords front garden last year, it looked partially dead! I placed it in a pot in a sheltered position and this year it looks superb, so happy with it.

    That said, I have decided my favourite acer (and next purchase if I can get my wifes agreement) is.....

    Shirasawanum Aureum!!

  • TomCranhamTomCranham Posts: 139

    Waaaah love that pinky-yellow to green tree, any idea what it is Doghouse Riley?

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,228

    Is it Sango-Kaku? I like the regular green variety truth be told; let the lovely natural form do the talking and ring the changes with autumn colour.

  • So far I have accumulated 5 acers.

    I have 2 orange dreams. I purchased 1 last year which is really happy under my large sycamore tree.

    I then rescued a wilting large one for 99p at Morrisons a few weeks ago. It was reduced from a tenner. Its about 2-3ft high.

    My favourite though is the plum/red one (garnet or crimson queen I can't remember) that DoghouseRiley has 2 of in his back garden. I've got one myself in the front garden but it's still only a couple of years old.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,263

    My palmatum dissectum planted nearly 30 yrs ago


    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • TomCranhamTomCranham Posts: 139

    Wow i'm only 30 myself haha

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,790

    Who doesn't love an Acer-fest!  The one on the left is Sango Kaku, stunning bark in Winter, a bit like Cornus Midwinter Fire, the red one is Bloodgood.  Would love Osakazuki and Shirawasanum, although no more room in that bed.  image



  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 4,982

    I love them all. Unfortunately I do not know the names of my cultivars but I have 3 palmatums in pots, 3 large specimens by my pond and 2 dwarf/weeping varieties. 


    Just snapped a couple of leaves (photographed - not broken!)


    October example.

    Last edited: 17 May 2017 18:56:28

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • michaelw1michaelw1 Posts: 34

    That's really useful on the training idea. We got a Skeeter's Broom variety early this year, saw it discounted and remembered it on the programme last year. But it is a bit of a mess, stalks all over the place.

  • TomCranhamTomCranham Posts: 139

    Really tempted to get a Sango-Kaku, looks pretty damn good in a border!

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