Acer palmatum 'Summer Gold' is a small maple with a rounded habit, not reaching more than 2m in height.
Leaves emerge almost orange in spring with a touch of pink in spring, turning to lime green in summer. Autumn sees orange, then pink then scarlet. Each palmate leaf has up to 7 lobes. It is a relatively quick grower even when young.
Tolerant of sunlight, as it was created to combat the problems of leaf scorching in full sun. Has an upright, rounded, branching habit.
Fully hardy. Will thrive in most locations, from high humidity river banks to dry, hot courtyards.
As with most maples, very little pruning is required. Should it be necessary, only remove dead, diseased or crossing branches.
Should be grown in moist but well-drained soil. Leaf colour is best in partial shade but the full sun can be tolerated.
Like all Maples, this one is very easy to maintain. It doesn't require any pruning routine. Remove any dead or damaged branches. The best time to prune is the late autumn or winter when the plant is fully dormant.
In spring you may add a top dressing of a multi-purpose fertiliser or organic matter around the base of the plant.