Japanese maples (Acer palmatum cvs) are attractive trees with stunning autumn foliage for cold & temperate climates.  Japanese maples have many leaf forms and colours and are usually small to medium-sized trees. Several varieties of maple also have very attractive brightly coloured bark and stems.


How to grow Japanese maple in a garden

  1. Choose a sunny or partly shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food.
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area, place the plant in the bottom of the planting hole, gently backfill around the plant’s root ball with soil then water well.
  3. Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring until mid-autumn to promote good soil health.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, wood chips or pea straw and water in well.


How to grow Japanese maple in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 500mm wide and deep. Position in full sun or part shade and protect from strong winds and harsh midday sun. Dwarf varieties are best suited for growing in a pot.
  2. Fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Plant into pot and water in well. Reapply Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food around the root zone every 8 weeks from spring until mid-autumn to promote good soil health and keep the maple well nourished.

Growing tips

  • A number of Japanese maples can be used as bonsai plants.
  • Some species need part shade to preserve their foliage from summer scorching, but some can withstand exposure to drying winds. 

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