Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum
Acer palmatum - look great at any time of the year. The leaf colour varies from bright lime green through to vivid scarlet. Generally the green leaved varieties turn yellow and orange in the autumn with the purple leaved varieties turning bright red.
An ideal tree for the smaller garden.
Cultivars and varieties:
Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'
Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' - Red leaves in the summer turning reddish-purple in the autumn. The leaves change colour through the year, from bright lime green in the spring through to vivid scarlet in autumn.
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' - Recommended for small gardens or spaces. Can also be grown in a large pot, keep the compost moist, but not wet.
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Atropurpureum'
Acer palmatum 'Dissectum Garnet'
Acer palmatum 'Garnet' - reddish purple leaves
Acer palmatum 'Koto-no-ito' - Thin filigree leaves, green leaves in the spring and summer and red leaves in the autumn.
Acer palmatum 'Linearilobum' - bright green leaves
Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki' - bright red branches in autumn
Acer palmatum 'Palmatifidum'
Acer palmatum 'Red Pygmy' - 1.5m (5ft) x 1.5m (5ft) narrow red leaves in spring turning gold in the autumn.
Acer palmatum 'Seiryu' - Green leaves turning orange in autumn
Acer palmatum 'Senkaki'
Acer palmatum 'Shin-deshojo' - Pale pink leaves in the spring, turning pinky-green in the summer.
Seeds to plant now:
Indoor or in a heated greenhouse
Aubretia, Rock cress, Aubrieta, Aubrietia
Outside under cover