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Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum Phoenix
Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum Phoenix
Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum Phoenix
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Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum 'Phoenix'

With leaves of pink and stems of bright red, this Acer is a one of a kind addition to your garden
  • A dazzling ornamental tree, noted for its bright red young stems
  • The bark on older stems is striped silvery white, which accentuates their red colouring even further
  • The perfect addition to any garden it's one of the most striking of the snakebark maples
  • New leaves emerge tinted pink and develop a green-veined middle before turning a golden-yellow in the autumn
  • Supplied as an established young tree in a 9cm pot, ready to be potted on or planted out

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Also known as a snakebark Maple, the Japanese Maple Acer palmatum 'Phoenix' is a dazzling ornamental tree, noted for its bright red young stems.

In winter, the bright red shoots have been likened to the red-stemmed dogwoods which are renowned for their amazing seasonal colour, and the bark on older stems is striped silvery white, which accentuates their red colouring even further.

The perfect addition to any garden looking to bring in some vibrant colour, 'Phoenix' is definitely one of the most striking of the snakebark maples, and its natural vigour makes it easy to grow and reliable.

With a kaleidoscope of colour through the year, new leaves emerge tinted pink and develop a green-veined middle before turning a golden-yellow in the autumn. In addition, its tiny yellow flowers are followed by winged, sycamore-like fruits in early summer.

Supplied as an established young tree in a 9cm pot, ready to be potted on or planted out. Mature plants will reach up to 6m and prefer a partially shaded spot in well-draining soil.

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Supplied as an established young tree in a 9cm pot, ready to be potted on or planted out. Mature plants will reach up to 6m and prefer a partially shaded spot in well-draining soil.

Plant Care Information

Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

  • The decorative stems and branches of the snakebark maple need to catch the light for best effect so give them a prominent site, ideally in dappled shade.
  • Leaf colour is best in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure.

Care Information

Planting Advice for Japanese Maple Acer palmatum 'Phoenix':

  • Winter hardy and low maintenance 'Phoenix' prefers a spot in semi-shade (will tolerate full sun, but avoid bright, direct exposure).
  • If your soil is slightly acidic, then you have the perfect conditions to grow Japanese maples - however do not worry if you have not as most can be grown in other soils as long as they are not wet, dry or very alkaline.
    If growing in a pot, use a 50/50 mix of ericaceous and multipurpose compost if you can - although again don't worry overly about this.
  • Leaf colour is best in partial shade, although full sun can be tolerated as long as the plant is well watered.
    Avoid exposed places as leaves can suffer with windburn (scorch), especially if the plant is dry.
  • Allow your Japanese Maple to get used to a whole day in the sun by starting it off in the shade, then standing it in its final sunny spot (in pot or in the garden soil) for one hour longer every day for a week.
  • If planting in the garden, prepare a wide hole and loosen the soil with a fork, incorporating organic matter as needed to improve moisture retention and condition. Plant your Acer palmatum so that the top of the root ball is just slightly below ground level.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil and heel well in. Water well.
  • If growing in containers, use a soil-based compost such as John Innes No 2 or a good quality ericaceous compost.
  • Keep the compost evenly moist, (but not soaking) and feed in spring and early summer with a slow-release fertiliser or liquid feed such as our specialist acer feed.
  • Your Acer will need repotting into a slightly bigger container every couple of years in April or September.
    Wrap containers with bubble wrap in winter to protect the roots.

Aftercare Advice for your Phoenix Acer:

  • Keep plants well-watered, especially if grown in a pot, and feed with our specialist acer feed

Pruning Advice for your Japanese Maple:

  • Pruning is not necessary but can be done in late summer or early autumn if needed to remove dead or damaged branches.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
600 cm
250 cm
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