In the Garden
A native to Japan and China, the Japanese maple remains one of the most popular ornamental trees for Australian gardners and it makes a great pot plant able to live happily in a large pot for years on end. It has an upright and spreading growth habit to less than 6m, and it’s leaves turn from a deep green in spring and summer to a deep beautiful red in autumn.
The species will do best in a well drained acidic soil with plenty of added organic matter. It is mildly frost tolerant and can be grown in most cool and temperate areas of Australia. It has a tendency for leaf burn in very hot and windy weather and therefore will do best in part shade during the summer months