Acer Palmatum Japanese Maple Beni Maiko 10 Litre: A striking dwarf Maple which produces fire-red leaves in early spring. As the foliage matures, the leaves appear lighter and more feathery in texture, the fiery red changes to a pinkish-red with green with the main veins remaining red. in autumn Beni Maiko produces deep pinkish-red which firstly spreads to the centre of the leaf until the whole leaf changes. The combination of three-lobed and five-lobed leaves makes Beni Maiko truly special. In Japan it is is considered the most brilliant of all the Maples.
RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Planting Position: Best planted in a sunny spot through to partial shade ideally in an area sheltered from strong afternoon summer sun. Also away from exposed frosty sites, as late spring frosts may damage new foliage.
Soil: While acer plants are not fully fledged Ericaceous or Lime Hating plants they do prefer soil with a high Acid content.
Suitable for container planting: Yes a great choice for pot or ground.
Eventual height and spread: Upto 140cm with a similar spread.
Growth Speed: Relatively slow.
Growth Habit: Upright and bushy.
Flowering Period: Not applicable.
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
Foliage: New growth starts pale yellow through to gold. Foliage turns bright orange during summer before turning golden orange in autumn.
Evergreen: No deciduous
Winter Hardy: Yes. It may be advisable if planted in a pot to protect the roots by wrapping the pot on bubble wrap during harsh winters or in the colder parts of the UK
Acer plants prefer Acid soil, although this is not an absolute necessity, it will help the plant reach its full potential. If you have unsuccessfully tried to grow Azalea, Rhododendron, Pieris, Camellia it is quite possible your soil has a high lime content. It 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. Also 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 from frost damage. Re potting 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.