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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!


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Upright < 3m
Upright < 5m
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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

Container: pb18  ? 

New stock arriving beginning of July, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $49.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.


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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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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 Moss Gold
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Deeply dissected leaves of a wonderfull mossy-gold colour in spring, picking up greener tinges in summer and oranges and reds in autumn. Lovely red stems contrast with the gold foliage. Grow in a sheltered spot in deep acid soil for best results. Deciduous.

 

Habit: Cascading
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 100cm

Acer Moss Gold

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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

Current Stock Height: 200/240 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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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

Acer Rubrum October Glory

Current Stock Height: 180/250cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$72.99


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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: 90/110 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

$44.99


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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

Current Stock Height: 100/120 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

$49.99


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A compact and round dwarf variety with graceful soft red foliage in spring that darkens to burgundy in summer; fall color brightens to sunset hues of crimson and orange; excellent as a small garden accent. Grows to about 1.2m

Oregon Sunset Japanese Maple has attractive burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The lobed palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding crimson in the fall.

 

Habit: Rounded
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.5m

Acer Oregon Sunset H/W

Container: pb18  ? 

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This is a highly ornamental plant with weeping, shrub-like form. Mature plants are characterised by sculptural, cascading branches. New leaves emerge bright crimson and deepen to burgundy. Considered the ultimate garden specimen, this plant is often seen in Japanese gardens. Plant in morning sun or semi-shade and protect from harsh wind. Suitable for a container. Deciduous. Est. 10yr.growth.

This Maple will be happiest planted in a sheltered position with protection from harsh winds and hot afternoon sun.

 

Colour: Assorted
Habit: Weeping
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 3m

Acer Ornatum Variegatum H/W

Container: pb18  ? 

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