Variety Palmatum Hessei

JAPANESE MAPLE HESSEI

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Acer palmatum 'Hessei' is a loosely formed Japanese Maple tree but dense enough to let its colour provide impact. It's a medium sized tree reaching about 5m / 17ft at maturity but it does form a wide tree.

This is definitely not a delicate Japanese Maple, it is one of the hardiest of all and the branches are more resistant than normal to wind and weather damage.


Picture of the tree

Hessei can easily be kept in check if it is pruned regularly. It is a good candidate for growing in containers in exposed areas. If left to its own devices it is an ideal size for medium and larger gardens but can be pruned to make is excellent for smaller gardens.

TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR ACER PALMATUM HESSEI

Genus
 
Acer

 

Species
 
palmatum
Variety
 
‘Hessei’
Light
 
Most conditions but requires some sunshine to maintain the early red colour.
Hardy
 
Yes, one of the most hardy
Soil
 
Most, but best slightly acidic and well-drained    
Height
 
5m / 17ft at maturity
Spread
 
6m / 20ft at maturity
Spread
 
Wider than it is high
Colour
 
Red from early spring to mid summer then bronze turning to deep scarlet in autumn.
Colour
 
Yes
Bonsai
 
No

LEAF FORM


Autumn leaf colour of acer palmatum Hessei

Leaf colour is an excellent red colour from mid Spring to mid summer, be sure that it gets some regular sunshine to maintain this colour. From mid summer to mid autumn it turns to bronzy colour. In mid autumn it turns to a very attractive dark scarlet.

Leaf form is variable, on the left the leaves are well-divided but in most cases they are even more divided and narrower. The edges are serrated.

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