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Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

Acer palmatum ‘Red Wings’ is a stunning deciduous tree known for its vibrant foliage and graceful form. It’s a cultivar of the Japanese maple species and is highly sought after for its striking red winged fruits and autumn colour.

The ‘Red Wings’ has exceptional foliage, featuring lobed leaves which create an intricate and delicate appearance. The new leaves emerge a fresh greenish red. As summer progresses, they turn to a stunning dark green with a faint red outline, gradually transitioning into a fiery display of crimson, orange, and gold in autumn.

In spring, the tree will produce clusters of white-green flowers. These eventually give way to perhaps the most notable feature of this small tree; vibrant red winged fruits which contrast beautifully against the lush green summer leaves.

Overall, Acer palmatum ‘Red Wings’ is an excellent choice for adding colour and texture to courtyards and urban spaces. Whether planted on its own or in groups, this tree is sure to be a standout feature in any landscape design.

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Size

Small

4m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

Excellent choice for adding colour and texture to courtyards or urban spaces.

Canopy

Upright, loosely rounded habit forming an elegant silhouette. Branches are slender and gracefully arching, enhancing the trees overall visual appeal.

Foliage

Leaves are larger than the palmatum and lobes are moderately to deeply divided two thirds to three quarters of the way to the base.

Flowers

Clusters of white-green flowers in spring.

Fruit

Vibrant red winged keys.

Resilience

Thrives in partial shade, offering protection against leaf scorch, but also performs well in full sun. While it prefers well-drained soils, it can adapt to various soil types, including clay, and shows tolerance to drought conditions. It's essential to shield the tree from intense, cold winds for optimal growth.

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