Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’

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Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ (Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ )

Botanical name

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’

Other names

Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’


Acer Acer

Variety or Cultivar

‘Skeeter’s Broom’ _ ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ is a compact, upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous tree or shrub with deeply divided, palmately lobed foliage that is red in spring and red-maroon in summer and ruby red in autumn.



Tree shape

Multi-stemmed palm or tree, Upright

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Red in Spring; Maroon in Summer; Dark-red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests


Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt

General care

Propagation methods

Grafting, Softwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ (Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ ) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Low Maintenance, City, Architectural, Rock, Foliage only


Grow in moist but well-drained, acid or neutral soil. Foliage colour is best in part shade, although full sun can be tolerated. Leaf scorch can be caused by dry soil or excessive exposure to frost, sun or wind when leaves are young.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Partial Shade


South, East, West



UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ (Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ )

Common pest name

Apple root knot nematode

Scientific pest name

Meloidogyne mali



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

UK (along with certain other European countries) received potentially infested trees in 1992; but these were destroyed at the end of the trial period and targeted surveillance has failed to find any trace of the nematode. Main impacts are on elm; apple and mulberry and industry should source such material carefully.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ (Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ )

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce’s disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex



A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Acer palmatum ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ (Japanese maple ‘Skeeter’s Broom’ )

Hylesia nigricans



South American moth which could be damaging to broadleaf species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be goods (including non-plant material) imported from South America and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

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Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit:

Acer Palmatum Skeeters Broom

Available Sizes to buy online All Prices Include VAT Height Excluding Pot:
1-1.25m (3ft 3-4ft 1)

Pot size: 12 Litres

Plant ID: 7206 12
Click to view photo of this size Was £125.00 40% Off – Now £75.00
Height Excluding Pot:
1.25-1.5m (4ft 1-4ft 11)

Pot size: 12 Litres

Plant ID: 7867 12
Click to view photo of this size Was £140.00 40% Off – Now £84.00
Height Excluding Pot:
2-2.5m (6ft 6-8ft 2)

Pot size: 20 Litres

Plant ID: 4667 2
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Buy 3 for £870.00 40% Off – Now £522.00

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Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom or Japanese Maple Skeeter’s Broom
This deciduous Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom is a dwarf red-leaved variety of Japanese Maple introduced by the Raraflora Nursery in Pennsylvania. The Skeeter’s Broom cultivar was derived from Acer Palmatum Bloodgood. While it is similar to other dwarf red cultivars that count Bloodgood in their lineage, it has some noticeably different characteristics that set it apart.

Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom has deeply lobed leaves that are larger than other Bloodgood cultivars. The leaves emerge a bright red colour in the spring. Over the summer months, the leaves fade to a greenish burgundy. When autumn arrives, the foliage turns brilliant red and orange hues. It holds its striking red colour well throughout the growing season.
Height and Spread of Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom
Japanese Maple Skeeter’s Broom grows to a height and a width of 2 metres.
How Hardy is the Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom?
Japanese Maple Skeeter’s Broom is hardy to a UK plant hardiness zone 4. It can withstand temperatures of -10 to -5 C. It will grow throughout most of the UK but may have problems in central or northerly areas.
How to Use the Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom
This brilliantly coloured dwarf Japanese Acer is relatively low maintenance. It makes an excellent choice for mass plantings, in rock gardens, japanese gardens and for general garden use. Plant it somewhere that onlookers can admire its strikingly brilliant hues.

How to Care for the Acer Palmatum Skeeter’s Broom
This dwarf Japanese Acer will live for 50 or more years. Choose a location that provides full sun or partial shade for the best foliage colours. The shrub is not particular about soil pH and will grow well in virtually any area. Pick a well-draining planting site. Once planted, keep the roots moist but not overly wet to encourage abundant growth. It can be grown with ease in pots and containers. Prune the shrub during dormancy to maintain its overall appearance and size.

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