Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

3 litre pot - 25cm £29.99
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Buy Acer palmatum 'Katsura' Japanese maple: The foliage changes colour with the seasons

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun (but not south-facing)
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to acid soil
  • Rate of growth:slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    When they first appear in spring, the lobed leaves are a bright orange, but they quickly turn to an orange-flushed yellow with a pink margin. As the spring progresses the colour deepens to a rich green, but then in autumn the whole leaf changes colour again, taking on a bright orange hue before they drop. 'Katsura' is a magnificent small tree or large shrub for a smaller garden where you want colour an interest for the better part of the year.

  • Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a well-balanced fertiliser around the base of a recently planted tree in late spring and keep it well watered. 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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Thriving but not quite as expected


I wanted to inject some autumnal colour into my new-ish garden, which is why I bought this Acer. I am a bit disappointed as the colours have not been as bright and exciting as hoped. However I cannot blame either Crocus, nor the plant but most probably my own ignorance and expectations that were too high. It is a pretty plant and does go through an attractive array of colours but not the show stopper I had thought it might be. So I recommend this plant for those of you who have more realistic expectations of what it might look like. It is in good condition and has lasted about 11 months so far, without me managing to kill it, so I guess that is a good result!

The hopeful gardener



Yes, I would buy this again.


I have bought a number of plants from you, all have been very good, bright & healthy. 👍


Oldham, Greater Manchester



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I have the above maple in a pot. It looks healthy but some of the leaves are falling off. I'm keeping an eye on watering as it's been very warm recently. I see you recommend a top dressing of fertiliser, which would you suggest? I have liquid blood fish and bone dressing and tomato liquid too. Thank you for your help and look forward to hearing your suggestions in due course. Christine Nixon

tina tess

Hello, All plants will lose some leaves throughout the year, so unless this leaf drop is severe I would not be too concerned. As for feeding, if it is recently potted, then most composts will have sufficient fertiliser for several weeks (there should be more information on the bag), however if it has been in the pot for a while, and you have not done so already, then the plant will benefit from an application of general purpose fertiliser (I use Vitax Q4 - see link below - following the manufacturers instructions). It is important however that you do feed them with the right thing (ie tomato food is for fruiting or flowering plants), and avoid over-feeding, which can do more harm than good.


Hi I am looking for the best acer to have in a small garden as a focal point. I'd like red autumn colour and a cascading tree shape rather than a low shrub shape. It will obviously not have to grow too big. What do you suggest please?

Garden granny

Hello there Acer palmatum 'Katsura' is ideal for a smaller garden but the autumn foliage is more orange than red. Alternatively Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' is an elegant tree with purple-red leaves that turn fiery red in autumn given the right conditions. Yes it can grow to 6m x 5m overtime but Japanese acers are very slow growing. Others you might like to look at are:-

Hello, I have one of these in a pot, it is about 2 ft high. It suffers badly from scorched leaves no matter where I place it. Will it be fine in a position with no direct sunshine? The front of my house doesn't get any and is sheltered from winds. Will it also bounce back ok, at the moment there are a lot of brown ends to the branches which I was going to prune out and then repot when dormant or plant instead? Thanks!


Hello, You can grow this in a shadier spot, however the leaf colour tends to become greener in shade. The leaf scorching could also be caused by wind, so if possible move it to a sheltered spot away from any draughts and cut away any dead stems.


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