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Autumn colour for your garden


By jimeva


Many people have commented on the fiery red autumn colour of one of my Acer Japonicas which I posted recently. I have several others in the garden, all from the same batch of seeds. However, these do not come true from seed, so it is a game of chance growing them this way.

I do have another autumn red beauty. This is a Nyssa Sylvatica (common name Black Tupelo). I bought this after seeing the magnificent specimen at RHS Wisley, theirs being a magnificent specimen growing in the 7-acre field which I saw one September at its very best, every leaf a tomato-red. I later discovered there is a variety Nyssa Sylvatica var. ‘Wisley’, presumably a plant grown from a graft of this tree. I’ve had my tree now for ten years and it is still quite small but is colouring up nicely and draws comments from everyone who passes.

It’s interesting to search for this on Google. There are some lovely pictures there.

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Sounds wonderful Jim. sadly I haven't the right soil for acers.

6 Oct, 2009


Sadly when I tried to grow red acer palmatum it didnt survive - not sheltered enough?

6 Oct, 2009


They're the best for that lovely red autumn colour Jimeva
Heron you could always grow one in a large pot & give it the soil it needs that way? Mine is quite happy in it's pot..just doesn't grow very big.

6 Oct, 2009


Acer Japonicas are not fussy about soil pH, Heron, (witness our native sycamore which grows just about everywhere) but they have fibrous roots and do prefer a rich moist free-draining soil with plenty of humus. As Drc726 has discovered they want shelter from strong winds. Their native habitat would be on the edge of woodland.

7 Oct, 2009

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