Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’ – Learn, Buy & Grow

Acer palmatum skeeters broom is a natural dwarf tree with beautiful, delicate foliage that gives an immense aesthetic appeal to any environment it’s grown in. It is a slow-growing tree that is elegant in many ways.

It is characteristic of sharp, lobed leaves with 5 pointers, giving the appearance of a hand with five fingers. It emerges bright red in spring, purplish-red throughout summer and vibrant red colour in fall when it begins to shed. 

Acer palmatum Skeeters Broom - Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum Skeeters Broom – Japanese Maple

How To Grow And Care Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’

So, how do you grow Acer palmatum skeeters broom? First, note that they can be successfully planted at any time of the year.  READ: What should I underplant Acers with?

The area for planting should be completely free of weeds. Also, square holes should be dug to properly place the root mass. This mass should be watered generously in the first couple of years. Watering is done more frequently in spring and summer when the weather is dry and then minimally in autumn.

Ideal growing conditions  for Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’

Soil: It thrives in moist soil that has an acidic or neutral pH. Clay, loamy or sandy soil with adequate organic matter is perfect for the growth of this tree.

Water: It should be watered frequently in the early years and then regularly in spring and summer.

Light: It is best grown in a sheltered spot with half shade.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary so it should be done delicately and should be done during its dormant months, usually winter or early spring just before new leaves emerge.

How tall does Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’ get to?

Acer palmatum skeeters broom reaches an ultimate height of 3 feet and may spread as wide as 120 cm after several years.

What position should I plant Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’?

Acer palmatum skeeters broom grows best when planted in a location with partial exposure to light. It thrives where it is somewhat protected from light mostly west-facing, east-facing, or south-facing.

What colour is Acer Palmatum ‘Skeeters Broom’?

The leaves of the Acer palmatum skeeters broom tree do not have a constant colour. In spring, it emerges bright red then matures to purple-red colour in summer and finally turns to bright scarlet before shedding in autumn.

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