Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'
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- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: April to May
- Flower colour: yellow-green
- Other features: clusters of red winged fruit in late summer
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Striking shrimp-pink leaves maturing to yellow-green and clusters of yellow-green spring flowers. This highly ornamental, spreading sycamore makes an excellent specimen tree. Smaller and slower growing than many other sycamores it is perfect for a small, sunny garden.
- 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.
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Q:Hello. We have several acers (including a Brilliantissimum), all quite mature and still in pots - desperately need to plant them! I have two questions please. Firstly, is it ok to plant them now (July)? Secondly, do acers need to be planted in ericaceous soil?
Any help much appreciated - thank youAsked on 4/7/2013 by LavenderFields from Richmond, London
Acers flourish in fertile, moist but well-drained soils, but they do not need to have an acidic pH. As for planting times, pot grown plants can be planted out at any time of the year, but it is crucial that you make sure they are kept well watered during the hot weather.Answered on 5/7/2013 by Helen from Crocus
Q:Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brillantissimum' size?
Hi I am looking for an Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brillianissimum'. Can you tell me if the one on your website is a quarter standard? Thank you LindaAsked on 21/7/2009 by Twiname, Linda
A:Hello Linda, I'm afraid the ones we sell on our site are not quarter standards. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Help with a Japanese-style corner please?
Hello, I was wondering if you could please advise me with a planting related matter. We have a small area in front of our kitchen which has the (grotesque) wheelie bin next to it and then the front door. We thought a minimalist (fuss-free) Japanese scheme would work best. Because it is partially shaded, we decided that three Japanese Acers of different foliages (tall, medium, and small heights) placed in planters would brighten up that corner. However, before doing so, we wanted to know if the three Acers ought to have barriers between them or not and what plants would complement the Japanese look for ground cover, perhaps an ornamental grass. If so which varieties would work best for year round interest? Should we use a multipurpose compost for all these plants? We'd appreciate any other helpful tips you can give. Many thanks, MunaAsked on 10/7/2009 by Muna Hai
A:Hello Muna, My initial thought is that 1 Acer would probably be enough as most of them will get quite large as they grow. I am not really sure what you mean by needing barriers (roots or foliage screen?), as I have never heard of this with an Acer. Japanese Acers are beautiful plants and generally colour up well in autumn, but they will need a good amount of sun for this to happen, and then they lose all their leaves in winter, so you are left with bare twigs. Therefore your best option may be to have evergreen groundcover such as Liriope which looks a little like a grass, Pachysandra or Luzula to provide interest until the Acers puts on new growth again in the spring. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/7/2009 by Muna Hai
A:Many thanks for the early reply, Helen as I do need to sort it all out soon. The barrier I was referring to was for the roots as I've been told Acers don't like to be fussed about with, which is why I was thinking Ishouldn't plant anything else around it in the same planter, other Acers,or even ground cover plants? Also, bearing in mind they're slow-growing, these are the Acers I've ordered. Please would let me know if I'm still mistaken in ordering so many? If there was one or two to keep and complement each other, which one(s) would they be? I probably still have time to change my order. Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum', Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium', Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'. Thanks for the Liriope suggestion. Is Aureum (the one without flowers) similar? Regards, MunaAnswered on 13/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Muna, While it is true that Acers will not like disturbance to their roots, I have never heard of them needing a barrier, or that you cannot underplant them. When choosing what to plant it is
worthwhile looking at the eventual height and spread of a plant. For example the Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' will eventually grow to 6m tall x 8m wide, the Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium' will grow to 5mtall x 6m wide and Acer palmatum 'Sango-Kaku' will grow to 6m tall x 5m wide. Therefore, the choice will be dependant on how much room you need to fill, and the effect you want to create. As for the Liriope, I have never heard of one called Aureum, so I am not sure which one you are
referring to. Best regards, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:How big are your Sycamores trees?
I am interested in the Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum') you have on your website but I am looking for the biggest and oldest I can get. Can you tell me how old and how big yours are?Asked on 13/7/2005 by Debbie O'Donnell
A:The Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' we sell on our site are in 10 litre pots. They are about 1.5m tall and approximately 4-5 years old.Answered on 14/7/2005 by Crocus
Q:What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed?
I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??Asked on 2/5/2005 by David Poulter
A:There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/Answered on 4/5/2005 by Crocus
Q:Is there an evergreen Acer?
Could I just ask if there is an Acer that is not 'deciduous' but 'evergreen'?Asked on 14/3/2005 by Susan McGarragh
A:Sadly not as all Acers are deciduous.Answered on 16/3/2005 by Crocus
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