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!
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
Current Stock Height: 180/215 cm ?
Container: pb28 ?
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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
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
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
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
Gorgeous big pyramidal form tree for big spaces. Stunning autumn colour from large deep green leaves, turning red and orange for autumn colourings. October Glory is quick growing and is excellent as an avenue tree or, shallow root system. Plant in a sheltered position. Deciduous
Habit: Pyramidal Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 12m x 6m
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
This is a very special upright form of Maple. The leaves have seven lobes and start off a soft shade of green in spring gradually deepening to a more traditional green. The wow factor kicks in during autumn with deep shades of red and scarlet prior to leaf fall. Est. 10 yr. growth. Deciduous.
Plant with protection from hot dry winds and afternoon sun for best results. 'Osakazui' is considered to be one the very best Maples for autumn colour. The name means 'Saki-Cup like leaf'.
This Maple has an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 4m
Acer Osakazuki L/W
Current Stock Height: 190/210 cm ?
Container: pb18 ?
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Platanoides. Upon maturity this slow growing fastigiate shaped tree will make a very strong vertical accent in the landscape. The new spring foliage emerges pinkish red, turns fresh green for summer then tones of yellow arrive prior to leaf fall. Prefers
Give it room to grow and will reward you well. Prefers the sun and deep acid soil but reasonably tolerant and very hardy.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 10m x 4m