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Acer x freemanii Armstrong, is slender and upright, similar to Acer freemanii Celebration, with brilliant gold and orange leaves in the autumn. With its narrow canopy, this is an ideal tree for a fairly small garden or roadside or avenue planting. It looks wonderful ina mixed wood as well. Older trees will spread out a little, becoming egg shaped, but this can be corrected if wanted with some gentle pruning. The autumn colour is simply awesome. It grows well on most soils (including chalky ones), but it gives the best autumn colour on soils that are neutral or acidic. Armstrong Maple trees can reach a height of about 20 metres.
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History & uses of Acer freemanii Armstrong
The Freeman maples, Acer x freemanii, are naturally occurring crosses between Red Maple and Silver Maple. They were first classified by Oliver Freeman in 1933 at the US National Arboretum in Washington DC.
Notes on planting Armstrong Maple trees:
Armstrong Maple trees will grow well in any fertile soil. They like heavy clay and although they are also happy on chalk, alkaline soils will reduce the quality of their autumn colour.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a glyphosate based weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Roundup weed killer.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.
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Delivery: The basic delivery charge for orders of bareroot plants is £6.50 + vat, which increases to £12.55 + vat if you add any pot-grown plants, standard trees or fruit trees to the order.
Because couriers sometimes experience delays, we schedule delivery by week, not by day. Therefore, please plan your planting day for the weekend at the end of the delivery week or for the week following delivery, at the earliest.
We will email you the day before your plants are due to arrive.
*Surcharges to the Highlands and Islands still apply.
Payment: We do not charge your card until we begin to prepare your order for packing.
Guarantee: If any plants die within a year, we will replace them. We only ask that you follow our planting & growing instructions and sent us clear photographs of the dead plants in situ, so we can help to make sure that the replacement plants succeed. You only pay for the delivery of the replacements.
Please note that our guarantee is void if there is a hosepipe ban in your area: your newly planted hedging must be watered in dry weather while it is establishing. The best way to water is very thoroughly every few days: at least once a week if there is no heavy rain.
Our nursery has been supplying container grown and bareroot hedging plants to gardeners, farmers and town planners since 1949. Our website started in 2003, so we do understand the concerns that you may have about buying hedging plants online. If any of your plants are damaged when they arrive or if you are otherwise not satisfied with your order after you inspect it, please repackage it and contact us. We will give you a refund or send replacements and send a courier to come and collect the unwanted plants.
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