Acers (maples) are trees and shrubs grown mainly for their colourful foliage. Many varieties are the trees and shrubs responsible for spectacular Autumn colours. There are many different types of acer, from the smaller types, such as the very popular Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple) grown in many gardens, to the large maple trees that can grow up to 45 m in height. Most species have palmate leaves that are lobed (usually 3 – 9 lobes). The flowers, which are green, yellow, orange or red, in racemes, umbels or corymbs, appear in early Spring, and are followed by fruit, – samaras – or “helicopters”, “whirlybirds” “maple keys” or “polynoses” due to the way they spin as they fall in Autumn. ‘Phoenix’ is a medium sized tree or large shrub with orange and pink winter stem colour which changes as the temperatures drop. In Winter the shoots are red, with silver-white stripes, and bark striped with orangey-pink and silver-white. In Spring the tree bears small green-yellow flowers that turn to winged fruit in Autumn, and also in Autumn the foliage turns gold.

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It requires moist air.

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It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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