This hardy, deciduous shrub has some of the best variegated leaves, sparkling with white blotches, that I have seen. Seems best in semi-shade or full shade. Good autumn colour. Have had this for some years but where it came from I know not!
A hardy, medium-sized deciduous tree with beautiful, new red stems. The leaves emerge an interesting grey-brown bronze and are long, tapering to a point and eventually not lobed. As a snake bark, the trunk is marked with white stripes. An interesting tree from Taiwan.
This is a small, deciduous tree. The stems have bluish striations and the trifoliate leaves emerge a beautiful bright bronzy-red before becoming bronze tinted. Yellow flowers are held in drooping catkins in spring. The whole tree glows a brilliant red in autumn, a gorgeous Acer. Not for chalk. Japan.
A large, deciduous shrub or small tree, with purple emerging shoots and leaves. Mature leaves are green-veined with five, long, tapering lobes and the flowers are pale green. Wonderful colours from spring to autumn. Best in woodland.
A most beautiful, slender, small tree with deeply five-lobed leaves and distinctive red petioles. The new shoots are a very handsome red-bronze and the mature leaves are light gold turning green. Needs a sheltered spot. China.
A hardy, medium-sized, deciduous tree, the leaves of which emerge, almost completely an astonishing red and the young leaves maintain a red wash with green veins. When mature the green leaves have purple undersides, with red stems and red petioles. Yellow catkins are borne with the emerging leaves. This species is an awe-inspiring acer. Burma mountains.
A small, semi-evergreen tree with bright green, lustrous, oblong-lanceolate leaves, which are 15cm long. The emerging leaves are a beautiful grey- pink – bronze, the new shoots are brilliant red. A very rare and beautiful Acer. China.
A very beautiful, hardy, deciduous, medium-sized tree. The bark has attractive pale stripes, the branches are reddish and the petioles are bright red throughout the year. The leaves are simple to 3 lobed and emerge a startling bright red, gradually changing to soft pink then to green with pink along the veins. The flowers in May have long greenish-yellow sepals. The autumn colours are brilliant and the winter stalks are bright pink. A fantastic tree for every garden. China.
This is a very worthy, medium sized acer with deeply lobed leaves, the new shoots emerge a lovely reddish-copper which stays in the leaf veins. As it grows all summer long the whole tree has continuous colour through to autumn when swathes of bright colours fire up the tree. Taiwan mountains.
For me, perhaps the most astonishing young red shoots I have ever seen. The leaves are the same colour when they emerge, gradually turning a shiny bronze before retaining their shine as they green. Unlike other cut leaf Acers, these leaves are entire. This is a small to medium sized tree which is semi-evergreen. Himalaya.
A rare and most beautiful, hardy, deciduous tree with large, lobed leaves which emerge a striking salmon-red. The large flowers, carried on long racemes, emerge with the leaves in spring. The autumn colours are spectacular, altogether a splendid tree. China.
A large, very rare tree, somewhat slow-growing and spreading. The new shoots are a spectacular red bronze forming into seven bright green leaflets. The flowers are held in upright cylindrical panicles and are white with red centres. A magnificent tree.
Tall, hardy, evergreen shrub with beautiful cinnamon-cream bark and aromatic leaves and wood. The emerging shoots are a striking copper colour with thousands of myrtle-type flowers, full of fragrance, in May, followed by red berries. Brilliant!
This ‘Dutchman’s pipe’ is a vigorous climber and has the largest flower of the species, which is dark purple with a black centre washed cream at the veined base. My plant seems hardy enough and I have had it for many years. China.
An interesting, variegated evergreen which will grow to 1.5m. The masses of small, cream, hanging bell-shaped flowers give way to black berries. Best in a mild location, but happy with maritime exposure. Chile.
A tall, hardy and evergreen shrub, the glossy leaves are carried in pairs with conspicuous stipules, new shoots are bronzey. Yellow flowers are carried in hanging spikes on this rare and distinctive shrub. Uruguay.