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Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Cream and Dark Green in Summer
Green, Pink and Yellow in Spring

Fruit

Pink in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

sycamore 'Brilliantissimum'

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

'Brilliantissimum' is a small deciduous tree with a rounded crown. Leaves open bright pink, becoming yellow-green, finally dark green, mottled with cream. Flowers seldom produced in quantity

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids, horse chestnut scale, caterpillars and gall mites may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem