Acer palmatum ‘Autumn Red’
Japanese lace leaf maple
As Japanese Maples go, ‘Autumn Red’ is relatively fast-growing and vigorous, being slightly more upright in habit and also perhaps more tolerant of ordinary garden soil.
The emerging leaves are bright red, darkening slightly as they age and turning back to bright scarlet again for a stunning autumn display.
Acer palmatum, even tough called Japanese maple, originates in most East Asia and East parts of Russia. The species comprises of thousands of named cultivars and forms.
It has been used for centuries in the Japanese gardens, and its English common name is a reflection of the first tree brought back to the UK in early 19th century.
The species epithet ‘palmatum’ is a reference to the shape of its leaves, deeply divided into 5 lobes.
Care & Size Guidance
It is one of the showiest and most colourful Japanese Maples. Position Acer palmatum ‘Autumn Red’ where the evening sun can shine through the leaves and they really will glow as if on fire.
Their finely dissected leaves are a study in light and shadow and always lend a touch of class to a mixed planting. Soil needs to be evenly moist and preferably chalk-free to prevent leaf tips from scorching.
Can also be easily grown in a tub as long as watering needs are catered for.