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Acer palmatum (Matsumurae Group) 'Burgundy Lace' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Purple in Autumn and Summer
Purple and Red in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Japanese maple 'Burgundy Lace'

Family

Sapindaceae


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

'Burgundy Lace' is a medium-sized deciduous shrub of spreading growth. Leaves light red-purple in spring, later deeper, divided to base into seven narrow, strongly toothed lobes

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil that does not dry out. Water in summer if necessary. Leaf colour best in partial shade, although they will tolerate full sun. Leaf scorch is caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Verticillium wilt is sometimes a problem