Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained
- Rate of growth: vigorous
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: yellow
- Other features: beetroot-red leaves turning red, brown and orange in autumn
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Dark beetroot-red leaves turning red, brown and orange in autumn and small clusters of red-tinged, yellow spring flowers. This handsome, large, round- headed tree makes a fabulous ornamental feature for a large garden. Fast-growing and pollution-tolerant it thrives on almost any soil, including clay. Valuable for screening unsightly buildings.
- Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of the plant in late spring. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant.
By November the garden is well and truly dormant, so it’s a good time to prune many deciduous garden trees. As for October, prune newly planted trees to remove any damaged growth and help balance the shape of the canopy as well as maintain a dominant mainRead full article
The garden is at its most dormant right now, so it’s a good time to catch up on any pruning missed or forgotten since the autumn. If the weather isn’t favourable, you can leave it for a week or two, but make sure all winter pruning is completed before theRead full article