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Twomblys Red Sentinel Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel'

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Twomblys Red Sentinel Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel'

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Acer palmatum 'Twombly's Red Sentinel'

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Twombly’s Red Sentinel Japanese Maple is the only upright, columnar Japanese maple tree in existence. All other varieties are rounded and broad, often as wide as they are tall. This one is very different – it forms a narrow, tight column of beautiful rich red leaves, making the perfect accent in your garden. It is also vigorous and fast growing, so you will soon have a beautiful specimen to enjoy. Perhaps you have a small garden, but need something with height. Perhaps you have narrow space to fill, need a narrow screen for some extra privacy, or to hide an ugly view. It could be you need a strong accent plant to help the design of your garden. Whichever it is you need, this is the perfect tree to solve your problem and give you great beauty. The lovely red leaves are divided into 5 narrow lobes, like the fingers on a hand, and they move from crimson in spring, through burgundy all summer and into brilliant red in fall. The branches are bright red too, adding lots of color to your winter garden.

  • The only columnar Japanese maple in existence
  • Narrow upright pillar, 3 feet wide and 10 feet tall in a few years
  • Fast growing, tough and vigorous
  • Beautiful leaf colors of crimson, burgundy and bright red
  • Red winter twigs add color even when the leaves have fallen

Plant Twombly’s Red Sentinel Japanese Maple in a sunny or partially shaded location. Some afternoon shade is beneficial in very hot areas. It will grow well in almost any garden soil that is not constantly wet, and benefits from organic material at planting time, and as mulch. It has no pests or diseases and is easy to grow. It will thrive with little care, and once established it only needs watering during dry spells. For a unique form of Japanese maple, this is the top choice.

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