Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum'

12 lt pot (1.5-1.8m) £99.99
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Buy Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' maple: Excellent tree for a small garden

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

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Initially the foliage of this undemanding tree is a dazzling shrimp pink, but as it matures, it turns a soft yellowish-green. A highly ornamental sycamore, it has a spreading habit, but is both smaller and slower growing than many of the others. This top-worked tree (ie grafted at 1.2m), is perfect for more compact gardens, and it can also cope with salt-laden winds.

  • 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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Healthy tree one year on


Bought as a gift for my daughter's revamped garden, it's a health specimen one year on. Slow growing which is what we wanted. The crown has remained dense with an attractive shape, no pruning required.




Acer pseudoplatanus Brilliantissimum

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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 you


Hello, 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.


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 Linda

Twiname, Linda

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 Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

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, Muna

Muna Hai

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 Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

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, Muna

Crocus Helpdesk

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 Doctor

Muna Hai

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?

Debbie O'Donnell

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.


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??

David Poulter

There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa Arbutus unedo Malus floribunda Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' Betula pendula 'Youngii' Sorbus cashmiriana Amelanchier lamarckii Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' Useful articles:


Is there an evergreen Acer? Could I just ask if there is an Acer that is not 'deciduous' but 'evergreen'?

Susan McGarragh

Sadly not as all Acers are deciduous.


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