This gorgeous Japanese maple has a dense, compact habit, which makes it particularly well suited to pots and containers (provided they are kept well watered). Each spring, its new foliage emerges with an intense, claret-coloured flush that fades as the leaves mature. Throughout summer, the leaves retain a fresh green colour, then take on yellow and orange overtones in autumn before they fall. Its colourful foliage provides a long season of interest, and this will also make it a stand-out specimen in the shrub border. Plant in a sheltered, partially shady location.