Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’

Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

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Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’ is a captivating Japanese maple cultivar, celebrated for its vibrant foliage and stunning seasonal display. With its striking gold and lime-green leaves in spring and lush golden hues throughout summer, ‘Summer Gold’ adds a dazzling contrast to any landscape. This deciduous tree features a compact and upright growth habit, reaching a height of approximately1.5 to 2.5 metres. It thrives in partial shade and well-draining soil, making it a popular choice for Japanese-style gardens and smaller landscapes. Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’ is a sought-after variety, admired for its mesmerising colours and graceful form, enhancing the beauty of any outdoor space.


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Origin: Japan, Korea, China, eastern Mongolia, and southeast Russia
Genus: Acer
Species / Cultivar: palmatum 'Summer Gold'
Common Name: Japanese Acer, Japanese Maple

Plant Biography

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.

Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Slow
This plant is particularly slow to grow, even during growing season.
Water Requirement: High
Likely to require supplementary watering in warmer months, even once established.
Maintenance: A little
Easy to look after but may occasionally require some attention in order to thrive.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Acer palmatum ‘Summer Gold’ is happiest in partial shade or dappled sunlight. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, especially during hot and dry periods. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

The ‘Summer Gold’ cultivar of Japanese maples is one of the smaller-growing ones, making it perfect for large containers.

Expert Tip

Place a thick layer of bark chips as a mulch around the base of the tree, particularly with potted specimens. This will help maintain soil moisture.


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