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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● JA­PANESE maple (acer) THE fan­tas­tic fo­liage of th­ese trees and shrubs comes into its own in au­tumn in a blaze of or­anges, reds and bur­gundies.

Grow them in full sun or dap­pled shade in leafy, moist but well-drained soil.

Some, such as A. pal­ma­tum ‘Gar­net’, pre­fer er­i­ca­ceous com­post.

Mulch an­nu­ally in au­tumn and shel­ter from cold winds and spring frosts which may dam­age new growth.

Badly-placed shoots should be cut off in win­ter to de­velop an even net­work of branches.

On es­tab­lished plants keep prun­ing to a min­i­mum.

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