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7 Acers to Grow For One Last Punch of Autumn Colour

Published on November 10th 2021

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Discover our 7 favourite Acer trees to grow for the best autumn colour and where you can buy one.

Acers or Maples are trees typically used as garden focal points or for their vibrant and fiery autumn colours. Maples also produce beautifully-coloured leaves in the spring and summer.
Maples are typically compact growers making them an ideal choice if you own a smaller garden or courtyard. Acers also make an excellent feature for a container garden.
Acer trees are surprisingly easy to look after. For vigorous growth, give them a feed each year with regular waterings. Regular waterings are especially important in the first couple of years of growth to help them establish. Place them in a position that gets a good amount of sun and is clear of strong winds.
For more tips on how to care for and grow Japanese Maple trees, read the article from Alan Garden Master.
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Shop the complete collection of Acers below:

1. Acer palmatum 'Red Wine'

For bold red colour this season, choose Acer palmatum 'Red Wine'. Its palmate leaves return a warming bronze-tinted colour come spring, fading to a classic apple green with red tips in summer.

2. Acer palmatum 'Annie Irene'

Annie Irene is a vigorous Acer grown typically for its summer displays that boast golden leaves with red outlines. In the autumn, this tree graces the garden with hues of burnt orange. This cultivar is much more of a shade lover, so make sure you plant somewhere out of the way of intense summer sun.

3. Acer palmatum 'Manyo-no-sato'

'Manyo-no-sato' is a rare cultivar grown for its deep burgundy-purple foliage and creamy margins in spring. Depending on its growing conditions, the cream-coloured edge will persist through till summer. Alternatively, it fades to delightful pale green. The optimum conditions for this plant are partial shade and sun.

4. Acer palmatum 'Asahi-Zuru'

Acer palmatum 'Asahi-Zuru' is a rare but strived-after cultivar. Its pink and white variegation makes it a top contender for gardeners who enjoy light, pastel colour schemes. In the autumn, this tree produces beautiful In autumn, the leaves produce a beautiful deep maroon colour. Another plus to this beautiful variety is its creamy white and pink variegated bark.

5. Filigree Weeping Purple Acer

A Filigree Weeping Purple Acer is a slow-growing tree, perfect for a small garden or outside space. Its weeping branches truly complement the delicately shaped foliage that glows garnet-red come spring and deep burgundy in the summer. At this time of year, the foliage fades bright orange and red before the leaves fall.
This tree will thrive in both borders or containers. To complete an autumnal display, surround with textural ornamental grasses and seasonal perrenials.

6. Acer palmatum 'Bihou'

Acer 'Bihou' is sometimes called a Golden Bark Japanese Maple. 'Bihou' is a perfect choice if you are looking for year-round, seasonal interest. This season, the leaves fade from green to a rich yellow, fading again to orange before the leaves fall.
Its winter bark is similar to the bright red colour seen on Dogwood. In spring, watch its foliage flush salmon-pink before returning back to the lovely hues of yellow and green.

7. Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'

Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' is a Maple with pretty green leaves, outlined with cream and pale pink tips. This cultivar will grow in a narrow, upright, fashion. This makes it a desirable cultivar if you're working with a small outside space.

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