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‘Maple’ Acers are famous for their colour-changing foliage which puts on a beautiful display at this time of year, every year.
In keeping with the changing seasons, the leaves of these Asians change with the weather and their colors deepen as autumn approaches.
The classic red-leaved maple, deep burgundy-purple ‘Atropurpureum’ leaves, turn an intense, fiery shade of red just before they fall.
How to grow Japanese acre
YouGarden has provided the best tips for planting Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’.
For planting, if your soil is slightly acidic, then you have the perfect conditions to grow Japanese maps. Don’t worry if not, as most can be grown in other soils as long as they are not wet, dry or very alkaline.
If you are growing your tree in a pot, use a 50/50 mix of ericaceous and multipurpose compost if you can, however this is also not necessary.
If you are planting in the garden, prepare a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork, incorporating organic matter as needed to improve moisture retention and condition.
Plant your Acer so that the top of the root ball is just slightly below ground level.
Fill the planting hole with soil and tamp well in. Water well.
Leaf color is best in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated as long as the plant is well watered. Avoid exposed areas, however, as leaves can suffer from wind burn (scorch), especially if the plant is dry.
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