An elegant shrubby plant that can be trained as a small tree. It is primarily grown for its deeply lobed dark purple-red leaves that turn fiery red in autumn. This neat, slow-growing acer has an open habit, and looks dramatic silhouetted next to buildings, as a focal point in a small courtyard, or in a Japanese-style garden. It needs a sheltered spot, away from strong winds or all-day sunshine. It also looks good in a container. The leaves may be greener in shadier areas.
- Position: full sun (but not south-facing) or light shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to acid soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
Hardiness: fully hardy
- Size: 5M spread x 6M High