Known as Japanese Acers, Acer palmatum is a large family of attractive shrubs and small trees. Deciduous and often with finely cut leaves, they often have stunning autumn colours. They like a fertile but well drained soil in sun or partial shade. Choose a sheltered position as cold winds may damage or kill young leaves. A lovely slow growing tree with deeply lobed red purple leaves which turn a stunning red in autumn. A very elegant tree which has an attractive silhouette.