Asked by: Diago Tzalykhin
asked in category: General Last Updated: 28th May, 2020

What type of soil do Acers like?

The perfect soil for acers is free draining but rich in organic matter and slightly acidic, but these trees will thrive in most soils apart from the very alkaline or very wet. Japanese acers come from forested areas, so add plenty of leafmould or compost to the area that you plan to plant.

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In this regard, do Acer trees need ericaceous soil?

Acers need well-draining (but not dry) soil, with plenty of light and, most importantly, a great nutritional profile to help growth and foster those stunning scarlet leaves. As such, most gardeners choose ericaceous compost for acers, and many opt to use a specialist topsoil too.

Likewise, do Acers like shade? Acers like moist soil in semi-shade, and need to be protected from winds and late-spring frosts, which can damage their leaves.

Herein, do Acers like acid or alkaline soil?

The Japanese maples are mostly varieties of Acer palmatum. Contrary to popular belief they grow on most soils that are not too dry. They prefer neutral to acid conditions and dislike extremely alkaline soil and shallow chalk. When growing in a pot use a mixture of ericaceous compost and John Innes no.

Do Acers like lime soil?

They are also known as 'acid lovers' or 'lime haters'. This means they won't grow well in soils that have a high pH - such soils are referred to as alkaline. Ericaceous plants include Rhododendron, Camellia, Azalea, Pieris, summer-flowering heathers (calluna) and even Japanese maples (Acer) among others.

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