– Eric Jolley , Warrington, Cheshire
Question from Alex ND
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I LOVE this plant/shrub/bush - it's beautiful. We have a concrete garden and are making nicer with planters/pots. Can this plant thrive in a pot and is it possible to maintain it at quite a small size?
Reply from Kathy C
It will do well in a pot nut in about 3-4 years after planted in the final, desired container size, you will need to root prune so the roots do not crowd the container. This entails lifting the tree and pruning no more than 1/3 of the rootball. Also, you will need to make sure the pot is in a sheltered spot where new leaves are not damaged by early morning sun or late frosts (A. palmatum is very susceptible to leaf scorch).
Reply from Alex ND
Thanks, Kathy. That sounds like something I could do and my concrete box of a garden has just the right kind of spot!!