In Australia, the ash-leaved maple is considered a weed: thanks to the winged seeds, it quickly populates the whole area, grows 50 cm in height and width by 50 cm, and is unpretentious and winter-hardy. However, this plant is incredibly attractive.
Among the many varieties of ash maple, the most popular Flamingo, which was launched in 1976 in Holland. The shrub has a spherical crown and by the age of 20 reaches 5 m in height and 3 m in width.
Unique bright outfit
If, during the growing season, to look at the leafy maple Flamingo from afar, it seems that it is densely covered with creamy white and light pink flowers. But, coming closer, you will see that there are no flowers on the plant, and the maple is obliged by its lush outfit to variegated lanceolate leaves (about 10 cm long).
In the spring, they are decorated with a wide pale pink border, which gradually turns white.
If you want to keep this delicate pink shade, in the summer pinch the tops of the shoots. This provokes the growth of young leaves of pink color on the same bright petioles.
By the way, the flamingo variety got its poetic name just for the pink color of young leaves.
In the fall, the shrub again “changes clothes”: the motley leaves turn white-yellow. And on the background of this attractive foliage appear small fruits - dioecious lionfish.
Not only the color of the leaves is unusual, but also their shape. Maple leaves are oval, pointed, with a small dissection along the edges. With the help of long petioles, they are attached to the branch of three pieces.
Maple Alpine Flamingo in landscape design
The shrub looks great in any garden compositions, both as a tapeworm and in group plantings. In addition, the plant is indispensable in hedges, because it lends itself well to shaping and shearing.
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