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Spring Delight Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Spring Delight'

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Spring Delight Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Spring Delight') at GardenWorks

Spring Delight Japanese Maple foliage

Spring Delight Japanese Maple foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Spring Delight Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Spring Delight') at GardenWorks

Spring Delight Japanese Maple flowers

Spring Delight Japanese Maple flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

A compact, mounded and weeping dwarf variety with graceful light green foliage edged in red; beautiful hues of orange in the fall; excellent as a small garden accent

Ornamental Features

Spring Delight Japanese Maple has attractive light green foliage edged in red throughout the season. The deeply cut lobed palmate leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding orange in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Spring Delight Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Spring Delight Japanese Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Spring Delight Japanese Maple will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Spring Delight Japanese Maple is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features


Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.