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Nozebleed
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:41 pm    Post subject: Japanese Acer Reply with quote

Hi all. i'd like to get a nice japanese acer..i have a spot where i like to sit during the summer (high wind&rain!!!) and i'd like an acer to grow overhead like an cavernous canopy,shading the entire area..i would also like the acer to grow no bigger than 7ft or so..can anyone recommend a tree which may suit? thanks
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Japanese Acers are reputed not to like wind.

They prefer shelter, shade and damp.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just back from B&Q where they have a 3 different acers..they range from 3ft 6ft and 8ft...it also says "grown for foilage" & "Trim to shape"..so i think the 6ft will be the winner!!


it is a sheltered spot..it will be planted up against a 6ft wall on the shaded side of the garden. it does get nice sun in the evenings during the summer months. i think it would be nice!!
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'. Available in most garden centers and the perfect height.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wind will give you a bit of leaf scorch on the tips. Early morning, or hot sun will do the same. It won't seriously harm the tree though, just makes them look a bit scruffy. If you only want a miniature tree, expect to pay a lot more, as each growing tip will only grow a few inches each year.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi nozebleed,
Japanese acers most definately do not like wind, they will scorch and look pretty awful. Like you I am a fan of Japanese maples but they need to be placed properly otherwise they will not thrive. Other broad-leaved varieties of acer can be more robust and might suit your situation. Try Palmatum 'Chito sayama' would be around about the right size for you.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have two of these and found that they hate wind.I live in an exposed area to easterly winds.Also frost really gave mine a beating.
If you are planting in a sheltered area I envy you as these are absolutely beautiful in correct setting.
Best of luck with them.
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