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Acer jap Acontifolium
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Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium'


Description: Acer japonicum 'Acontifolium' is one of the best Acers for autumn colours. The deeply lobed and cut green leaves are almost fern-like. It's brilliant rich ruby-crimson autumn colours in some opinions, would place this small tree in the Japanese maple section. Produces a cluster of small, reddish-purple flowers in the spring before the leaves emerge. 

History: Introduced in Japan in 1888. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

Acer Growing Tips: Very easy to grow in a wide range of well-drained soils. They thrive in sun but with partial shade to protect the leaves from scorch. A sheltered area away from strong winds is preferred.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 4m x 3m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Spreading

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Slow growth rate Slow growth rate
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Flowering month - April Flowering month - April
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Needs well draining site Needs well draining site
Needs sheltered site Needs sheltered site
Don't prune Don't prune