Acer palmatum var.disssectum ‘Garnet’ has the most beautiful delicate looking burgundy red foliage, which looks fantastic from spring through to the amazing leaf colour in autumn! There are a lot of people put off growing these plants as they think they are not hardy enough or won’t take kindly to the wind! I grow lots of Acers, most of which are in pots, so a lot more susceptible to the frost than if they were in the ground – but they are really hardy! The top photo was taken on the 22nd of Â September 2013, and the one below taken on the 11th of October 2013. I think this plant must be nearly 15 years old now – I have grown it in various size pots – start off with a good frost hardy pot a little larger than the plant, and increase the pot size over the years, till you get to the size you like or can move if necessary! The plants can stay in the same size pot for as long as you like, providing you tip them out of the pot every 2 years or so, and chop off a large amount of root, and then re-pot with fresh compost, to keep the plant looking healthy and vigorous! I probably chopped about 8″ or so off this plant last year, and I must admit it is looking so much better for it! The plants use up all the goodness from the soil in the first few months and need to be fed and or top dressed annually to look their best! You can buy tubs of summer long feed or little feed pellets to put into pots to save going round with a weekly diluted feed in a watering can – whichever suits you best!
This pot sits on the patio all year round, with temperatures reaching minus 15 degrees plus in the winter. I also top off the pot with cobbles or pebbles, which acts a bit like a mulch and helps the plant from drying out too quickly – It also looks really good! If you buy an Acer in a small pot, give it a bit of protection for the first year or two – put into the greenhouse or porch, or by the house wall!