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Maples - the "Acer" in the Pack!

If there was a beauty pageant for deciduous trees then we would have no hesitation in handing the Maple the winner's crown. They are unequalled for beauty, grace and leaf colour and deserving of a special place in any planting scheme. The botanically correct name is Acer but they are more commonly known as Maple. Most varieties for sale in garden centres today originated from Japan where they are revered. There are also a few North American varieties and these tend have larger less dissected leaves.

Whilst I personally think Maples look fabulous even when they are naked they really come into their own when the new foliage emerges in spring and when they are showing off their autumn colour. Maples do have flowers which appear before the leaves however they are mostly inconspicuous. There are, as always, some exceptions such as Acer negundo and rubrum which have highly ornamental fringed tassels that attractively drape the bare branches.

Maples perform best in a sheltered spot with protection from harsh wind and hot afternoon sun. They don't like to dry out too much in summer and if it is particularly hot and dry extra mulch around the roots will be of benefit. Due to the conditions in my garden I grow a range of Maples in large pots very successfully, with regular watering and feeding they can stay in the same pot for several years. Japanese varieties especially "weepers" suit container planting best.

You may come across the terms high-work and low-work when shopping for a Maple. High-work simply means that the "head" or top of the Maple has been grafted at a height of 1m plus. All the new growth will start from that point. This system is of growing is usually used for weeping Maples. Low work means the opposite where the graft is at the bottom of the stem.

At Wairere we endeavour to have one of the best ranges of Maples available in all shapes and sizes from upright and bold to weeping and dainty. We're sure you will find one to please - however it is only fair to warn you that these trees are addictive and you'll find it hard to stop at 1!
Did you know that thousands of Maple trees grown in New Zealand are exported world wide even to Japan!


Weeping
Upright < 3m
Upright < 5m
Upright > 5m

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Picture of Acer Globosum 1.7m H/W
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Naturally having a compact rounded form this high worked form is a superb option for your classic lollipop shape. Bright green leaves which turn golden yellow and sometimes red in the autumn. This small tree is a tough performer tolerating most soil types and is drought tolerant. Deciduous

 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Rounded
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Acer Globosum 1.7m H/W

Current Stock Height: 170/220 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$69.99

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Picture of Acer Griseum
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A rare and unusual Maple that is particularly prized for its peeling bark. The tree sheds the warm brown bark each year in wide curling strips. Attractive dark green foliage in spring and summer that turns deep scarlet in autumn. Grow in a sheltered spot in nice deep soil. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 9m x 5m

Acer Griseum

Current Stock Height: 50/75 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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Acer Griseum

Current Stock Height: 120/140 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$59.99

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Picture of Acer Katsura
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Japanese Maple. This is a beautiful Maple that is definitely a favourite of mine. The dainty, new spring leaves emerge pale yellow with hints of orange and red before slowly turning green over summer. In autumn the yellow and orange tones are once again to the fore prior to leaf fall. Lovely.

Acer 'Katsura' will do best in a sheltered position with protection from harsh wind and hot afternoon sun.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Acer Katsura

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Picture of Acer Kellys Gold
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A very colourful Maple with new spring leaves of bright butter-yellow. These turn an attractive lime-green shade during summer. A particularly striking small tree adding a nice foliage variation. First discovered in an Ashburton garden. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m

Acer Kellys Gold

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Japanese Maple. What a special little tree this is with an outstanding structure and interesting over-lapping foliage. The new leaves emerge a light green maturing to fresh bright green. A lovely Maple for smaller gardens or a container. Plant in a sheltered spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Compact
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Acer Mikawa Yatsubusa

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Picture of Acer Mirte
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An attractive little Japanese Maple with a wide upright habit growing as wide as it is high. Chocolate-brown leaves in spring turning bronze-green in summer then orange autumn tones. Perfect for a sheltered spot in small gardens. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m

Acer Mirte

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Miyabe Maple is an outstanding shade tree, featuring dense, dark green summer foliage, and an appealing upright rounded habit with a wide crown. Deciduous

 

Habit: Upright rounded
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 15m x 12m

Acer Miyabei

Current Stock Height: 25/50 cm  ? 

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Picture of Acer Nigrum L/W
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If you want a really special feature tree then this could be the Maple for you. The large 5 lobed leaves are in tones of crimson to dark purple. Forms an upright tree with a rounded head. Will grow in sun or semi-shade as long as sheltered from strong winds. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.


 

Colour: Yellow
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m

Acer Nigrum L/W

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Japanese Maple. A most attractive Maple (aren't they all) with bright red spring foliage that matures to deep red-black as it matures. Towards the end of summer there are green tones on the leaves before they once again turn fiery red prior to leaf fall. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade.

 

Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Acer Okagami

Current Stock Height: 20/40 cm  ? 

Container: 1.9l  ? 

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The deeply divided foliage of this special Maple goes through several colour changes throughout the season. Starting with orange tones in spring, turning purple then green-bronze and finally bright orange and scarlet in the autumn. The branches are quite pendulous in habit. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

Maples are happiest in a sheltered position with protection from the harsh afternoon sun. They like deep cool soil and will happily grow in the garden or a container. Nothing beats them for spring beauty and autumn colour.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Pendulous
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 3m

Acer Orangeola L/W

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