Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’

Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

Hero and myself spent a wonderful day at RHS Rosemoor, successfully dodging heavy showers and small children dressed as gruffalos.   It has been very difficult to pick just one photo to sum up the day.  The magnificent cheese scone from the restaurant before we got going was a contender (had to build up my strength for the trek ahead and previous experience told me I wouldn’t be disappointed) as were callicarpa, kale and kniphofia.  After much deliberation this Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ won the contest.  A vision indeed of autumn incarnate.

22 thoughts on “Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’

  1. I have one of those.

    I bought it down in Otter Nurseries in Otter St Mary about 20 years ago.

    The Autumn colours are beautiful (and the spring colours as well).

    A very tough tree as well. Several times mine has been totally defoliated in the spring by inclement weather, but has regrown from dormant buds.

    A remarkable tree!

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      • The funny thing is that it has been in the ground for 15 years now, but it grows really slowly and it is about 6 or 7 feet wide and the same tall.

        How big and old were the ones that you saw?

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      • Not sure how old it would be, but no older than that part of the garden, RHS Rosemoor opened in 1990 so that is 28 years (I worked that out all on my own). It must be about 20ft tall, but I am hopeless at measurements. All I can say is that it is much bigger than 6ft tall. 🙂

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  2. Cool! The many cultivars of Acer palmatum are overly popular here, even thought they do not do well in the chaparral climate. Acer japonicums are still rare. I can think of only two cultivars; green and gold. I do not even know their names. Acer circinatum, which grows wild in the Northwest, is not even available here. I sort of like Acer japonicum because it is NOT Acer palmatum.

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