Acer Palmatum Little Princess – Learn, Buy & Grow

Acer palmatum little princess, also known as Acer palmatum kiyohime, is a slow-growing, compact tree mostly grown for decorative purposes. It is often planted in courtyards, on patios or in simple flowerpots to be placed by sidewalks.

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The pretty leaves of this tree are green with red-tinged edges. The leaves take on yellow and orange colours just before they start to shed.

How To Grow And Care For Acer Palmatum Little Princess

Acer palmatum Little Princess - Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum Little Princess – Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum little princess is planted in moist, well-drained soil in a site that has been meticulously cleared of weeds and harmful grass or plants. Once it has been put in the dug hole, it should be watered with a generous amount of water. READ: What should I underplant Acers with?

Like other Japanese maple trees, this tree is easy to maintain. A good watering regime is very important for this tree in its early years. This should be continuous especially in spring and summer.

Acer Japanese Jewel palmatum Little Princess

Acer Japanese Jewel palmatum Little Princess

Growing conditions for Acer Palmatum Little Princess

Soil: It will grow effectively in well-drained clay, sandy or loamy soil. The soil used should be moist and have an acidic or neutral pH for maximum results. Read more: Acer Soil PH and Acer compost types.

Water: It should be watered frequently when the weather is dry. Watering can be minimised in autumn.

Acer palmatum 'Little Princess'

Acer palmatum ‘Little Princess’

Light: It is grown in sun or partial shade for best results. This will help the leaves maintain their pretty, healthy colour.

Pruning: Pruning is barely required for this tree and fertilisation can be done in spring by putting organic matter around the base of the planted tree. Read more: When to prune an Acer

How tall does Acer Palmatum Little Princess get?

Acer palmatum little princess is a dwarf tree that may grow to a height of about 2 metres and a spread of 1 to 1.5 metres in ten years.

What garden position does Acer Palmatum Little Princess need?

Acer palmatum little princess may be positioned facing east, west or north. It will grow perfectly in a middle or back border position. It is sheltered to an extent to protect it from the scorching sun as well as from drying winds.

What colour is Acer Little Princess?

The Acer palmatum little princess tree has very colourful green leaves with red margins in spring. It holds this colour all through summer and then develops into bright yellow and orange in autumn

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Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess': A Charming Royal Addition to Your Garden

Acer palmatum 'Little Princess' is a delightful cultivar of the Japanese maple, treasured for its petite size and lovely foliage. This compact, deciduous tree adds a touch of charm to small gardens, borders, and even container plantings. In this short article, we'll delve into the features, care, and uses of Acer palmatum 'Little Princess'.

Features of Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess'

'Little Princess' is a slow-growing, dwarf Japanese maple cultivar that reaches a mature height and width of about 4-6 feet, making it ideal for small garden spaces. Its leaves display a unique blend of colours throughout the seasons: they emerge light green with reddish tips in the spring, deepen to a rich green in the summer, and transform into a brilliant display of gold and crimson in the fall.

The tree's rounded, compact form and delicate branching structure create an enchanting, fairy tale-like appearance that adds character and charm to any garden setting.

Caring for 'Little Princess'

Acer palmatum 'Little Princess' thrives in well-draining, slightly acidic soil and prefers partial shade to protect its foliage from scorching sun. In cooler climates, the tree can tolerate full sun, but it's essential to provide some shelter from strong winds to prevent damage to its delicate branches.

Water 'Little Princess' consistently, especially during its first few years, to establish a deep and extensive root system. Once established, the tree becomes more drought-tolerant but will still appreciate regular moisture.

Prune 'Little Princess' lightly in late winter or early spring, removing any dead, damaged, or crossing branches. This cultivar typically maintains its rounded form with minimal pruning.

Design Ideas for Incorporating 'Little Princess' into Your Garden

  • Plant 'Little Princess' as a focal point in a small garden or mixed border, contrasting its charming foliage with the texture of evergreen shrubs or ornamental grasses.
  • Grow 'Little Princess' in a container on a patio, balcony, or terrace, creating an eye-catching, low-maintenance display.
  • Incorporate 'Little Princess' into a cottage or woodland-style garden, where its whimsical form and vibrant hues will complement the natural landscape.
  • Use 'Little Princess' as a charming accent plant near water features, rock gardens, or pathways, where its delicate beauty can be appreciated up close.

Acer palmatum 'Little Princess' is a captivating addition to any garden, offering a charming display of colour and a whimsical, compact form. With minimal care requirements and versatility in landscape design, this Japanese maple cultivar is sure to enchant and delight gardeners and visitors alike.

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