Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' is a miniature deciduous shrub with a pretty foliage of small, sharply lobed leaves which emerge bright red in spring, and mature to rich purple-red throughout the summer. In the fall, the attractive foliage turns bright scarlet, before shedding to the ground. A very vigorous sport of famed Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', it enjoys a narrow, upright habit and is ideal for containers or small gardens.
- Grows up to 4-6 ft. tall and wide (120-180 cm).
- A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and keep roots cool. Leaf scorch can be caused by lack of soil moisture or excessive exposure.
- Perfect as specimen plant in cottage gardens, city gardens, small gardens or for containers.
- Low maintenance, this plant needs little pruning. If pruning is necessary, prune during the dormant season and avoid pruning in spring when the sap is running. Fertilize in spring before the leaves emerge.
- May be affected by horse chestnut scale, aphids, verticillium wilt.
- Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings