Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ 7.5 Litre: A very distinct and attractive, slender upright Japanese maple, with small, neat leaves, bright red in spring, becoming deep purple-red through summer and finally turning bright ruby-red in autumn. Ideal as a lawn specimen, in a mixed border or woodland garden, associates well with other Japanese maples, rhododendrons, pieris and azaleas. Great choice for containers.
What to expect: Your plant will arrive planted in a large 7.5 litre/ 26cm Pot. It will have an actual size excluding the pot of approximately 80 to 90cm, and will depending on the time of year purchased will look just like the picture. Which was taken March
Best planted in a sunny spot through to partial shade ideally in an area sheltered from strong afternoon summer away from exposed frosty sites, as late spring frosts may damage new foliage.
Suitable for container planting: Yes equally as happy in the pot or the ground.
Pruning: Not really a requirement. However if you choose to hard pruning should be done in the dormant months November through to early February. Some light pruning can also be undertaken during the growing season to help create a defined shape for your plant
Acer plants prefer acid soil although this is not an aboslute necessity it will help the plant reach its full potential. If you have unsuccessfully tried to grow Azalea, Rhododendren, Pieris, Camellias the chances are your soil has a high lime content. Soil can be improved by adding Ericaceous compost to the planting hole this will lower the lime content and raise acid. If pot planted best choice is John Innes Ericaceous Compost this is a specially formulated sterilised loam based, lime free compost with essential foods for plants such as Acer Palmatum.
In the coldest areas it may be advisable wrap the pots in a winter fleece or bubble wrap during the coldest months, this will help protect the roots. Repotting in fresh compost should be considered every 2 years.
Ensure an adequate water supply and feed approximately every 6-8 weeks from early spring through to mid-summer
Foliage: Bright red through to deep purple, Ruby red in autumn.
Growth Speed: Relatively slow.
Growth Habit: Upright and bushy.
Flowering Period: Not applicable.
Foliage: Bright red through to deep purple then ruby red in Autumn
Evergreen: No Deciduous