Acer palmatum atropurpureum / Purple Japanese Maple / Seeds

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Acer palmatum atropurpureum / Purple Japanese Maple / Seeds

A lovely tree for a small garden or large container, with a naturally bushy habit and attractive purple leaves which turn a brilliant blood red in autumn.  Trees grow slowly to a height of about 4-8m.  There are small dark red flowers in spring, but these trees are mostly grown for their attractive leaves and good form.  They also make good bonsai subjects.

Purple Japanese Acers grow best in part shade in a sheltered situation.  They prefer moist well-drained neutral to slightly acidic soil.  They prefer not to be crowded by other plants, and donít like to dry out.  They are maintenance free once established,needing little or no pruning and an occasional mulch of compost.

Pack of 10 seeds.  Growing these plants from seed is a slow process, so best for an experienced propagator who does not give up too easily.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Hardy deciduous small tree (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers Spring
Height 4 - 8m
Spread 4 - 8m
Conditions  A part shaded sheltered situation in moist well drained soil.
Sow

Sow in spring to summer in a tray of seed compost, keep at 15-24 degrees Celcius and some seeds may germination in 1-2 months.  Pot on those seedlings that germinate.  Then move the tray into a fridge for three months, and back into the warmth and more seeds will germinate over the next few months.  Then move the tray outside with a clear cover, and more may germinate.  Or sow in autumn/winter in a tray with a clear lid and leave outside and seeds start to germinate from the spring onwards.   Transfer seedlings to small pots and plant outside after the last frost and after hardening off.  

Grow

Plants die back in the winter,though some young leaves remain.  Cutback flower stems in late summer and remove old or damaged leaves. 

Leaves turn a brilliant red in autumn, then fall to the ground in winter. Young leaves regrow in spring.  Mulch the tree in winter.