Acer palmatum 'Scolopendriifolium'
Japanese maple 'Linearilobum'
Upright, twiggy tree about 3-5m tall, with slightly cascading, slender, deeply cut, bright green leaves, each with 7 long slender lobes, becoming darker green in summer, then turning yellow in autumn. A good bonsai specimen
Ultimate height2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
East–facing or North–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in moisture-retentive, well-drained soil in a sheltered position. Leaf colour is best in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated if soil is reliably moist. Acer leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure. Suits container cultivation but attention to watering is needed in dry spells during the growing season. Suits bonsai cultivation. See Japanese maple cultivation
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
Pruning group 1 from late autumn to midwinter only
May be susceptible to aphids and horse chestnut scale
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