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Acer palmatum 'Chishio' (P)

Japanese maple 'Chishio'

Small, slow-growing, deciduous tree, eventually reaching about 4m, with a twiggy habit, the 5-lobed leaves 6cm long and wide, have toothed margins, the spring colour of emerging leaves is brilliant crimson, maturing to green in summer then developing orange and red tones of varying intensity in autumn. Inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring may be followed by winged, purple fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Red Red Pink
Summer Green Purple
Autumn Orange Red
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Sapindaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any 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. 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. Suited to bonsai cultivation. See Japanese maples cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by layering in autumn, grafting in late winter or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 1 from late autumn to midwinter only

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and horse chestnut scale

Diseases

May be susceptible to Verticillium wilt, acer leaf scorch and honey fungus

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