Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’
Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple, Green Bark Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’, commonly known as the Green Bark Japanese Maple, is a captivating deciduous tree that offers year-round visual interest. Its unique green bark sets it apart, creating a striking focal point, especially during the winter months. In spring and summer, this Japanese maple delights with its delicate, green palmate leaves that form a lush canopy of foliage. As autumn arrives, the leaves transform into a gorgeous golden-yellow, infusing warmth into the landscape.
To thrive, ‘Aoyagi’ prefers partial shade to shield its tender leaves from excessive sun exposure and requires well-draining soil. Its compact size and distinctive bark make it an ideal choice for small gardens or as a prominent feature in larger landscapes. With its captivating multi-seasonal allure, ‘Aoyagi’ truly enhances outdoor spaces with an elegant touch.
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The background of Acer palmatum hybrids can be traced back to Japan, where the parent species, Acer palmatum, is native. Over centuries, Japanese gardeners and horticulturists selectively bred and cultivated various varieties of Acer palmatum to enhance specific traits, such as leaf shapes, colours, and growth habits. These efforts resulted in a rich diversity of Acer palmatum cultivars, celebrated for their exquisite and ornamental features. In the 19th and 20th centuries, these hybrids found their way to Europe and North America, captivating gardeners worldwide. Today, Acer palmatum hybrids continue to be cherished and extensively cultivated, gracing landscapes and gardens with their mesmerising foliage and adding a touch of elegance and sophistication to outdoor spaces.
Caring for Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’, the Green Bark Japanese Maple, involves providing partial shade to prevent leaf scorch, and well-draining soil to avoid waterlogging. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is crucial for its health. Applying a layer of mulch around the base helps retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Pruning dead or diseased branches in late winter ensures optimal growth. Fertilise in spring with a balanced formula to promote vibrant foliage. Shielding from harsh winds and excessive sun exposure is also advised. By following these guidelines, you can ensure the continued vitality and striking aesthetic appeal of this captivating tree in your landscape.
Growing up to 8 metres tall, Acer palmatum ‘Aoyagi’ tends to have a more upright shape and narrower spread than most Acers.