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Red Japanese Maple
Characteristics: Deciduous tree to 5-8 m
Seeds per packets: 10
A handsome red leafed variant adds grace to any landscape with the red hue changes over the course of the growing season adding further interest.
In autumn, the colour intensifies providing an incredible month long display before leaf drop. Ideally suited to containers and widely used bonsai training.
Occurring naturally in China, Japan and Korea.
Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant. Protect from hot summer winds.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Cold stratification is recommended.
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates.
This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.