Growing guide

How to grow larger acers

These medium to large maple trees are happy in most sites and easy to grow. Many have attractive lobed leaves, vibrant autumn colour and ornamental bark. Their distinctive winged fruits spin to the ground when ripe, earning the common names of keys, helicopters or whirlybirds. 

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Quick facts

  • Specimen trees, often with attractively marked bark or brightly coloured shoots
  • Vibrant new foliage in spring and spectacular autumn colour
  • Tolerate most soils, except those prone to waterlogging
  • Prefer a sheltered position in sun or light shade
  • Need little pruning
  • Established trees require little attention
  • Usually propagated commercially by grafting

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
While we think all this information will be helpful to you, we always recommend to read the instruction labels on your plants.

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