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By Mickmeg

United Kingdom Gb

I have a north facing garden and would like to buy an Acer. What would be recommended as I dont want to get one that grows huge just about 6ft fence height.



I,d be a bit wary, the small japanese ones like the Acer palmatum disectums are very prone to cold and wind damage, my garden is open to the north and east. I do have an Acer palmatum drummondii which is not too big after 20 years, its a green leaf with white margins, it has some protection from other trees

2 May, 2012


I have one Acer that like a sheltered north facing position and it is an Acer palmatum 'Butterfly'. It gets almost no direct sunlight (very early morning in spring-summer b4 9am only). It thrives and is growing slowly and so I think fits your bill. Red Acers are supposed to prefer semi-shade but the one I had next to the 'Butterfly' hated being north facing.

2 May, 2012


Thank you very much for your help.

Kind regards


3 May, 2012

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