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Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Flavescens’

The bright yellow and green leaves of this deciduous maple transform the interior of our Acer House in spring and early summer. Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Flavescens’ is unusually striking and vivid when it first emerges. It will darken considerably through the season to a deeper green. As autumn approaches, the foliage returns to bright yellow and can be tinged with delicate apricot and orange splashes.

Pendulous in habit, it creates velvety domes of divided leaves. These are held aloft on trunks which are slender and refined but still reassuringly substantial enough to make a defining impact on the eye. The compact nature and lithe form of a younger specimen, make this tree well-suited to putting in a pot. However, they can reach up to 2.5m with a raised crown. Because of this, it’s a wonderful tree for planting; bringing architecture and open, cascading height to our garden designs. We are very fond of it. The gossamer foliage on the canopy of a fully mature specimen is a delight to sit under, by the way: place your most comfortable bench accordingly.

Position in sun or light shade on lime free soil which is reasonably well-drained. Avoid areas exposed to strong winds. Produced by cuttings.

N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.

As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.

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Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.