Position: partial shade or full sun (not south-facing)
Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained neutral to acid soil
Rate of growth: slow-growing
Flowering period: April to May
Hardiness: fully hardy
This popular deciduous tree has widely spaced, filigree-like, burgundy leaves that turn brilliant crimson in autumn. It forms an upright, compact, little mound, which makes it a perfect focal point for in a small garden, particularly in a container. Or try it alongside an ornamental pool, where its sculptural shape will be reflected in the water. It needs a sheltered spot, away from strong winds or scorching sun, though its leaf colour is best enjoyed in a sunny position.
Garden care: Add a top-dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser around the base of a newly planted tree in late spring and keep well watered. No routine pruning is required, just remove any dead, damaged or crossing branches in late autumn or winter when they are fully dormant.