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!
This is an excellent small tree that will grow happily in a container or the garden. The branches and leaves are an attractive wine red which deepens slightly in autumn. Good compact upright habit. Happiest in the sun or semi-shade with protection from harsh winds. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 150-180cm x 120cm
A slow growing dwarf Acer. The small disected leaves are green in spring and summer, changing to tones of orange and red in autumn. Plant is full sun to part shade. Prefers moist organically rich well drained soil. Deciduous. Est 10 yr. growth.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Acer Sharps Pygmy
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Acer Sharps Pygmy H/W 45cm
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A very popular Maple and deservedly so. Outstanding brilliant red and shrimp pink spring foliage that slowly turns green. In autumn the leaves are once again fiery shades of red. Plant in morning sun or semi shade with protection from harsh winds. Deciduous. Est. 10 yr. growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 3m
Acer Shindeshojo L/W
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An unusual little Maple with multi-toned variegated foliage. When the new leaves first emerge in spring they are a striking crimson pink, as they mature they turn to olive green and silver. Excellent fiery red tones in autumn. Happiest protected from afternoon sun and strong wind. Deciduous.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m
A slow growing Maple, commonly called the Lion's Head Maple as the dense tufts of crinkled foliage on each branch resemble the mane of a lion. The bright green leaves turn golden orange in autumn. Plant in full sun to part shade in moist well drained soil. Deciduous. Est. 10 yr. growth.
Excellent small garden tree with outstanding brilliant red and shrimp pink spring foliage in spring that slowly turns green. In autumn the leaves are once again all fired up in shades of red. Best in morning sun or semi-shade and out of strong wind. Deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.
Named after Edward 'Skeeter' Rodd from Pennsylvania who introduced this cultivar in the 1970's. Suitable for container growing.
Colour: Assorted / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m
Oh this is just gorgeous! Rich crimson foliage in spring, deepening in colour as summer progresses. Attractive crimson scarlet shades in autumn. Add to all this the black stems and you have an absolutely stunning feature tree. Happiest with protection from strong winds. Deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.
This Maple is considered on of the best for coastal areas though it should still be planted in a sheltered position.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
A unique and interesting Maple with attractive 'Snake' bark and leaf stems that are glowing pink. The foliage emerges green in spring and gradually gets splashed with white towards summer. I guess that is the surprise! Plant in a sheltered spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3m
A very attractive weeping Maple that forms a broad head of cascading foliage. The leaves are deeply dissected and coloured a delicious dark purple-red. Happy in a special container or the garden in a sheltered, semi-shaded position. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
This Maple is on my 'must have' list and I have successfully grown it in a container for several years. An ancient and revered cultivar originating from Japan and equally of merit today.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Weeping Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 2m
Japanese Maple. An upright form with lobed leaves that have distinctive orange tones as they emerge in spring. Gradually the leaves mature to a pale green. Orange-red in autumn. Plant in a sheltered position away from harsh wind and afternoon sun. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.