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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 Garnet L/W
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Weeping Maple. An outstanding vigorous yet small growing Maple that would look fabulous in a container or placed in a special corner of the garden. The lobed foliage has strong hues of crimson and purple which last from spring right through to autumn. You will not regret planting this lovely small tree. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Purple
Habit: Weeping
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 3m

Acer Garnet L/W

Current Stock Height: 70/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$49.99


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Picture of Acer Globosum 1.5m 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 1.5m H/W

Current Stock Height: 150/130  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$64.99


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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 Globosum 1.8m 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 1.8m H/W

Current Stock Height: 200/220  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

$59.99


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A different species of Japanese maple, Green Cascade has largrer leaves and greater resistance to sun-scorch than its delicate relatives. This cultivar can be trained to grow more upright, or left to cascade and mound naturally. Grows best in a slightly moist, fertile soil. Add mulch regularly, but avoid heaping mulch against the stem. Deciduous

 

Habit: Rounded trailing
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 2.5m

Acer Green Cascade L/W

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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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  ? 

$24.99


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Acer Griseum

Current Stock Height: 120/140 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$59.99


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A gorgeous little weeping Maple with delicate, lacy, purple foliage on graceful pendulous branches. Use as a focal point either in the garden or a special container. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade with protection from harsh wind. Delicious and deciduous. Est. 10yr. growth.

This ancient cultivar from the 1800's is more tolerant of the sun than many thought we still recommend a sheltered position. The name refers to the cascading leaves.

 

Colour: Red
Habit: Weeping
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 2m

Acer Inabe Shidare L/W

Current Stock Height: 100/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Japanese Maple. An award winning Maple with fresh green, wide, lobed leaves that emerge in spring set against smooth grey-brown bark. Stunning autumn colour prior to leaf fall. Tall upright habit. Plant in a sheltered spot in deep cool soil. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

This Maple has pretty little drooping sprays of 'flowers' known as corymbs just before the leaves emerge.

 

Colour: Purple
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 8m x 5m

Acer Jap Vitifolium

Current Stock Height: 180/200 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Known for it's transition of colour from greens to reds as winter progresses. As soon as the temperatures begin to drop the bark begins to change colour to yellow at the trunk, the colder it gets the further up through the branching the colour moves from pale yellow through orange to intense red at the tips. Lovely upright open form. Sheltered position. Deciduous

 

Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3.5m

Acer Japanese Sunrise

Current Stock Height: 90/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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