Acer palmatum ‘Hiryu’ (Flying Dragon Maple)

‘Hiryu’ is a beautiful upright Japanese acer with narrow, slightly twisted palmate leaves – hence its name. It has autumn colours of red, yellow and orange and would happily live in a pot. Works especially well with low growing broad leaved evergreens, the feathered leaves contrast and gently shake in the wind. Please contact us for stock availability and sizes.

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The evocative, Flying Dragon Maple, ‘Hiryu’, is a beautiful upright Japanese acer with narrow, fresh green leaves edged in a lighter shade of green. In autumn, the leaves become an appropriately fierce and fiery red, orange and yellow. The slightly twisted, palmate leaves appear to glide and swoop. They are held so delicately on their slim petioles that they seem to soar from the tree branches like a wing (possibly the collective noun) of tiny dragons. That's if you’re feeling poetic. Through more practical spectacles, this acer works especially well in planting designs that incorporate low-growing, broad-leaved evergreen balls and other topiarised forms. The feathered leaves contrast beautifully against tighter clipped plants and the structured cloud forms of our Niwaki. The leaves will tremble and shake gently in the breeze adding additional movement. Enchanting. It will happily live in a pot, too, given a generously-sized one placed in a sheltered spot.

Happy in full sun to dappled shade. They do need a position with a cool, moist root run in fertile soil that is acid to neutral.

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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