Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom'

Description: A red leaved Japanese maple with a neat deeply divided, palmate lobed foliage which is maroon red through spring and summer turning bright red in autumn.

Multi-stemmed with compact and upright habit.

Suited as with most Japanese Acers for specimen use, small gardens, mixed borders or container growing.

Climate/Position: For best colour and to avoid leaf scorch, Japanese Acers prefer dappled shade in a sheltered spot protected from full sun, frost and cold winds.

Height/Spread: Can ultimately reach 4 x 4 metres. Grow as small multi stemmed tree or large shrub

Soil Requirements: Better on acid / neutral soils for best leaf colours. Must be well drained as dislikes winter wet - loamy sand would be ideal.

Pruning: Best to avoid any pruning except formative shaping in early years if needed, and removal of any closely crossing or dead branches.

Special Requirements:

'Skeeter's Broom' is derived from a witch's broom

found on the cultivar 'Bloodgood'.