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Autumn colour: Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium'. A hardy, low maintenance cultivar with leaves in a beautiful range of yellow and gold shades. Photo by Jason Ingram. Find out more about this Acer here

Autumn colour: Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'. The leaves of this vigorous variety of Japanese maple turn a spectacular scarlet in autumn. This variety can also be grown in a large container, but must be watered well. Photo by Jason Ingram. The Gardener's World website has more information on this acer here

Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg': the black-purple spring leaves take on green tints in summer, before turning orange-red in autumn. Photo by Jason Ingram.

Acer palmatum dissectum 'Van der Maat': creates a filigree effect in summer shade. Photo by Jason Ingram.