Should I move dwarf acer to a sunnier position.

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  1. Stuart McKenna

    Stuart McKenna Member

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    Hi all, I have a dwarf acer not sure which cultivar it is. I planted it about 8 years ago and it has been fine.
    It is however hidden away in a very shady spot where it gets basically no sun at all and as such is not very colourful.
    Would it be a good idea to move it to a sunnier spot where it may fare a little better, or would it be best left alone after all this time ?
    I assume the rootball would not be that big as it is a very small plant.
    If I move it I believe it is best done whilst dormant ?
    I have attached some pictures, any thoughts appreciated.
     

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  2. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good evening Stuart, first of all it looks really good to me. But if you want to move it, then definitely wait until it is dormant. I presume you are hoping for brighter reds. It looks very much like 'Shaina' IMO so the darker reds will go that way even if you move it to a sunnier position.
    If it were me I think I would leave it where it is. Just my thoughts.
     
  3. Stuart McKenna

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    @Acerholic thank you very much for the reply. The reason I was thinking of moving it was because it always looks kind of half red half green if that makes sense. I though some sun might make it red.
    I will probably leave it where it is as it seems to be healthy.
     
  4. LoverOfMaples

    LoverOfMaples Generous Contributor Maple Society

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    I thought of 'Shaina' too @Acerholic. I like the two tone @Stuart McKenna. More sun will give you the red you are thinking of.

    Just a thought, you could pot it up to find the best spot for it (can't go wrong with morning sun/afternoon shade). Once that's accomplished, put it back in the ground.

     
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    @LoverOfMaples Thank you for this, I like this idea I will give it some thought as to where it could go to achieve morning sun/afternoon shade and then maybe try it in a pot.
     

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