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Green Island Gardens

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Green Island Gardens

open gardens, garden centre, plant nursery, tearoom Colchester Essex

Green Island Gardens

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Green Island Gardens


Acer's are one of the many different species we have all around the gardens here at Green Island Garden, and they are of particular interest to owner Fiona Edmond. This is how we've come to stock such a wide variety of them in our nursery.  Acer's, otherwise known as Japanese Maples, are mainly deciduous trees or shrubs, known for their distinctive foliage. Each specimen has its own unique leaves, that produce ornamental interest as well as vibrant autumn colour, which the species is known for. There is now such a wide variety of acer's to fit any garden, from large acer's that make beautiful specimen trees in medium or large gardens, as well as dwarf variations that can be grown in containers in smaller gardens. Its all about finding the right acer for you! Below there is a list of all the acer's we stock, as well as brief descriptions to help decide which might be best for you. If you need more help, come visit our nursery at Green Island Gardens and we'll be happy to help.  To order any of our acer's please email us at and we'll let you know availability and pricing!

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Acer palmatum

Commonly known as Japanese Maple, deciduous shrub/small tree. Has deeply 5 to 7-lobed leaves often colouring well in autumn. Small red flowers in spring are followed by winged, red or green fruits. Although the most inexpensive Acer, these vary greatly in their colourings, so it's recommended that you view them in nursery in Autumn to see their colouring.


Acer palmatum 'Green Island Seedlings'



Acer palmatum 'Ariadne'

Semi-dwarf, spreading acer with deeply lobed leaves. Marbled pink, cream and orange in spring, Purple-red in summer and orange with red margins in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'

Bronze-crimson leaves divided into about 7 lobes, and becoming brilliant red in autumn. Inconspicuous red-purple flowers in spring may be followed by winged, purple fruits.


Acer palmatum 'Autumn Glory'

Japanese maple with striking Autumn colour.



Acer palmatum 'Azuna Muraski'

A hardy, deciduous shrub up to 6m in height, with lobed foliage. Young leaves appear dusty on the surface and are yellow-orange in colour, turning to reddish-purple with undertones of green. In summer, foliage becomes a deeper green with a reddish hue, turning finally to a deep red in the Autumn


Acer palmatum 'Brandt's Dwarf'

Dwarf variety, purple foliage across spring and summer before brightening in Autumn. Compact size from small gardens and suitable for container planting.

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Acer palmatum 'Beni Maiko'

Leaves brilliant red in spring, pinky to green-red in summer and then yellow, orange and deep red in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Corallinum'

Slow-growing bushy, deciduous shrub. Distinctive deep pink foliage in spring. Colours best in part shade



Acer palmatum 'Chitoseyama'

Medium sized deciduous shrub with a compact and mounding habit. Divided almost to the base in 7 tapering lobes with a scarlet autumn colour. Flowers small, purple.



Acer palmatum 'Dissectum'

Low-growing, mound-forming shrub. Deeply cut leaves emerge green in spring, turning yellow, orange and red in autumn. Purplish-red spring flowers followed in autumn by bright red winged fruits.



Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Atropurpureum'

Slow-growing shrub of broadly arching habit, with deep purple, lobed and finely toothed leaves.



Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Garnet'

Feathery, heavily dissected foliage that resembles the colour of a deep garnet stone throughout the spring and summer. Holds colour well compared to other red Japanese Maples. Turns scarlet in Autumn.


Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Viridis'

Small, mound forming Japanese Maple with deeply dissected, lace-like foliage that displays bright, lime green colour through spring and summer. Turns intense shades of orange and gold in the Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Beni komachi'

Name translated to 'Beautiful Red Little Girl'. A dwarf Japanese Maple with delicate foliage that turns a vibrant scarlet tone in Autumn. Ideal for small gardens or container growing.



Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'

Large, bushy, deciduous shrub with deep red-purple leaves. 5-7 slender-pointed lobes with small purple flowers followed by red fruits. One of the best purple-leaved Japanese maples.


Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Queen'

Medium sized deciduous shrub, arching in habit. Leaves divided into 7-9 narrow, deeply incised lobes. Flowers which are small, purple and it has purple fruit as well. Burgundy red in the spring and is known for holding its red colour right through the summer. Turn crimson in Autumn, earning its name.


Acer palmatum Dissectum 'Crimson Princess'

Small, slow-growing, upright tree. Leaves very finely divided, opening deep red and becoming fiery red in Autumn


Acer palmatum 'Fireglow'

Large, bushy, deciduous shrub. Pinky-red in spring, dark green in summer and purple-red in autumn. Small purple flowers followed by red fruits.



Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream'

A medium sized, bushy, deciduous shrub growing up to 3m tall. The leaf colour changes throughout the seasons starting yellow in spring, greenish in summer and then an orange-yellow in Autumn. For added interest, the bark of this Acer is bright green.


Acer palmatum 'Inazuma'

Bright red Japanese maple with fairly divided leaves. Darker red in summer and bright crimson in Autumn. Can reach 8-10ft in height


Acer palmatum 'Kiyohime'

A vigorous, dense, dwarf shrub reaching 2m in height and spread. 5 small lobed leaves turning yellow-orange in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Orangeola'

Mound-forming, deciduous shrub or small tree.  Arching branches with finely cut leaves that turn bright orange-red in Autumn. Small red flowers may be followed by fruits in Autumn.



Acer palmatum 'Osakazuki'

Large deciduous shrub of rounded habit. Relatively large and 7-lobed leaves which are brilliant orange-scarlet in Autumn. Flowers and fruits small and red. Also known as Acer palmatum 'Taihai'.


Acer palmatum 'Oshio Beni'

Medium sized upright maple with a spreading canopy. Bright, orange-red, spring foliage, brick red and scarlet in Autumn.



Acer palmatum 'Okagami'

Small, upright, deiciduous tree. Deeply divided foliage and leaves of 5-7 lobes. Beautiful scarlet in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Ornatum'

Rounded habit with long, thin, lobed leaves that are bronze-red when young, becoming greenish then crimson red in Autumn. Height of 3m.


Acer palmatum 'Otohime'

Strong, green, upright dwarf. Small leaves have 5 moderately deeply divided lobes which radiate out like a star. 


Acer palmatum 'Phoenix'

Compact, broad shrub with leaves emerging pink with yellow-green veins. Becomes orange, red and yellow in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Pixie'

Small, upright, slow-growing tree. Leaves have 7, toothed and tapering lobes that open pink in spring, purple-red for summer and bright scarlet in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Satsuki Beni' 

Vigorous upright tree growing 10-12' tall over the first 10 years. Leaves turn a showy  orange-red in fall.

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Acer palmatum 'Senkaki'

Also known as 'Sango-kaku', or coral-bark maple, this Japanese Maple is a large deciduous shrub with coral-red young branches bearing 5-lobed leaves. These turn yellow in Autumn. Flowers small and reddish.


Acer palmatum 'Seiryu'

Medium-sized deciduous shrub of broadly columnar growth. Leaves with deeply incised lobes and autumn colour of orange, yellow and red. Flowers small and red.

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Acer palmatum 'Shaina'

Compact and dense with a max height of 3m. Bright red spring leaves deeping in colour during summer and then brightening to a crimson-red in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Sherwood Flame' 

Large spreading shrub with deeply-cut, 7 lobed dark purple leaves. These turn crimson red in autumn. Also has small, red spring flowers with red, winged fruits following. 


Acer palmatum 'Suminagashi'

A small tree to about 4m tall. Leaves are 10cm long and deeply cut into seven lobes. Throughout the seasons, the leaves begin a purple-red in spring, darkening to a deep maroon red in summer before turning bright red in Autumn.


Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'

A deciduous shrub with narrow 7-lobed leaves with curved margins. These leaves are red-purple in spring, greener in summer and orange-red in autumn


Acer palmatum 'Volubile'

Upright growing Japanese maple with green stems. Leaves green with a blueish tone at times and spectacular autumn colour. 


Acer platanoides

Commonly known as the Norway Maple. A vigorous deciduous large tree with leaves that are 5 lobed and turn bright yellow, orange or brown in Autumn. Scented yellow flowers in clusters on bare branches.



Acer plantanoides 'Crimson King'

Similar to the Acer platanoides except with deep purplish-crimson colour all summer. Flowers are reddish-orange rather than yellow.



Acer rubrum

Known as the Canadian Maple or Scarlet Maple, this is a round-headed tree growing up to 30m tall. Tiny red flowers in spring before the appearance of dark green leaves with white undersides. Leaves turn bright red in Autumn.


Acer saccharinum

Known as the Silver Maple, it is a very vigorous deciduous tree with deeply palmately-lobed leaves, white beneath, and red and yellow in Autumn. It has small yellow/green flowers before it leaves.



Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum'

Also known as Golden Full Moon Maple, a bushy, medium sized tree. Tiny red-purple flowers appear in the spring followed by lime green leaves. These turn golden orange and red in Autumn. 



Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon'

Bushy tree with normally yellow, 11 lobed leaves,  that can be green with yellow veins when in full sun, turning orange-red in Autumn. Cream and pink flowers in spring followed by brown winged fruits. Also characteristic grey-brown bark.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise'

Compact shrub of loosely-round habit. Leaves with sharply-toothed lobes which are bright red when young but become fresh yellow-green as it matures. Turns orange and red in Autumn.


Acer shirasawanum 'Gloria' 

Quite a rare cultivar. Deep red leaves that orange in Autumn. Hardy and takes a fair amount of sun


Acer sterculiaceum

Also known as the Himalayan Maple. A large tree, which has 3-5 lobed leaves that are a dark green tone, producing good Autumn colour. Characteristically, this Maple bears drooping clusters of fruit in large quantities that add interest at the end of summer. 



Acer ginnala

Commonly known as the Amur Maple, it is a small slow growing tree with large glossy green leaves, yellow-white fragrant glowers in May and turning bright red and orange in Autumn.  It flourishes both in full sun or light shade and is particularly hardy.


Acer circinatum

Commonly known as the Vine Maple, a small bushy and spreading tree with 7-9 lobed leaves that turn red in Autumn. It bears small purplish flowers followed by red winged fruits.


Acer davidii

Characteristic white streaked bark makes this Acer stand out, as well as its un-lobed, or shallowly lobes leaves. In Autumn, the leaves turn orange to yellow and pink-brown fruit are also borne. Due to its bark, its common name is Snake-bark Maple.

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Acer griseum

Commonly known as the Paperbark Maple due to its distinctive peeling, papery chestnut brown bark. It is a small tree with leaves with 3 leaflets, and whitish undersides. They turn a brilliant red and orange in Autumn.


Acer grosseri var. 'Hersii'

A snake-bark maple making a small deciduous tree with green bark striped with white. It has 3 lobed, oval leaves that red and orange in autumn.


Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'

Commonly known as Downy Japanese Maple. This is an upright, deciduous and wide spreading Acer, with deeply lobed foliage that change to orange-gold, purples and crimson in Autumn.



Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Similar to the previous, except with red flowers that hang beneath shoots in spring. Autumn colour is stunning turning a brilliant red here at Green Island Gardens, a highlight to be sure.


Acer rufinerve

Also known as the Grey Snake-bark Maple, it is a medium sized deciduous tree with glaucous young shoots and white-striped branches. Leaves broadly oval, 3-lobed, yellow and red in Autumn. It also has yellow. Flowers in erect racemes.

 To Order your plants

If you would like to purchase plants to order, please email us and we will work out a price/availability and delivery charges for you. 

You can also visit our nursery here at Green Island Gardens! 

The nursery runs in conjunction with the garden and opening times are the same.

The nursery includes a further poly tunnel and shaded area for plants that prefer to be sited out of full sun. Enjoy a wider range of trees, shrubs and perennials, all available for sale, all of which can be seen growing in the gardens. 

There is also a wide variety of grasses, bulbs and alpines for sale and many unusual plants that do not feature in commercial garden centres.



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