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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 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

Current Stock Height: 80/110 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

$49.99

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Picture of Acer Koto No Ito
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"Koto-No-Ito" means harp strings, and it has been named as such because of it's narrow strap like leaves that dance in the wind. The green leaves change to yellow and orange in autumn. This tree has a rounded, dense habit. Prefers moist well drained soil and full sun. Deciduous. Est. 10 yr. growth.

 

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

Acer Koto No Ito

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$49.99

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Picture of Acer Lion Heart L/W
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One can only assume that this Maple was so named because of the strong vigorous growth. Personally I think it should be called simply gorgeous! The long dissected crimson leaves sensuously droop on red stemmed branches. Definitely a must have. Deciduous.

 

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

Acer Lion Heart L/W

Current Stock Height: 0/100 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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Picture of Acer Mikawa Yatsubusa
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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

Current Stock Height: 40/60 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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Picture of Acer Mikawa Yatsubusa H/W
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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.

 

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

Acer Mikawa Yatsubusa STD 60 cm

Current Stock Height: STD-60/HGT-90 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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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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Picture of Acer Miyabei
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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  ? 

$29.99

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Picture of Acer Moonfire
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Moonfire hold it's colour in shade better than other red leaf cultivars. Tolerates full sun maintaining it's colour in hot summers. The foliage emerges dark purple in spring and turns red as summer nears, except in shade where the colour remains purple. It's leaves look stunning when lit from below. Autumn colour is fiery red. Deciduous

 

Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 6m

Acer Moonfire

Current Stock Height: 120/150 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Acer Okagami
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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  ? 

$19.99

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Acer Okagami

Current Stock Height: 120/150 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$49.99

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Red spring growth contrasts well against beautiful yellow and green leaves, green intensifies in summer, turns orange and yellow in autumn. A bushy, spreading Japanese maple, ideal specimen tree for a small garden. Its elegant, open shape looks especially good silhouetted on walls or buildings, perfect in a large container. Deciduous

 

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

Acer Orange Dream

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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