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Buying a red Japanese acer tree

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by britishboy7, 12 Jul 2020.

  1. britishboy7

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    were after a fairly tall (8ft or taller) red Japanese acer tree, we can’t find any local to us in garden centres, would ordering a tree that size/cost online be a bit of a risk?

    Kind of worried about spending £200/£300+ and it arriving and being not exactly how we expect
     
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    You won't get a specimen Acer for £200/300 you're looking at much more. Well over a grand. Search for specimen Acers UK, there are a few sellers in the UK, however you may have to be prepared to import it. Sorry, what you're after isn't cheap.
     
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    Grow your own! Our one, pot grown to about 5 ft, died last year at the ripe old age of 31 years old. New one purchased just over a month ago and potted up - you can see the new growth so far. I’m hoping to outlive that one too!

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    This is ours, was shortened by about 6ft last year.

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    Lousy pic.
     
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    Ours has got a way to go then! I did suggest to the wife about planting one in our front garden - we must have the soil for it as a few others have them round here - but she wasn’t interested. Same response to a monkey puzzle tree. :(
     
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    Won't thrive if it's not fairly well protected, acers are edge of woodland trees, don't do too well in exposed areas.

    I can understand your wife's reticence regarding a monkey puzzle tree (Chilean pine... I think) Bit of an acquired 1970's taste!
     
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    Would have gone well with some Pampas grass. :LOL:
     
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    Only if you wish to advertise "a broad mind"
     
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