How could I have missed the beautiful new foliage on Acer Sango Kaku in the woodland, when it was Foliage Day on March 22nd!
The foliage is light green in the summer and butter yellow in the autumn, but when it first comes out it is a mixture of colours which from a distance look coral, matching the new stems.
In the morning sunlight, it just glowed against the dark foliage of the Bay tree behind it.
The nearer you get, the better the leaves look.
The colours in the leaves can be seen clearly now, they start out green but change to pink near the tips. The pink stems are such a beautiful colour, it is just the young stems that have this colour and I can see pink flower buds forming already. I managed to save some seed from my little A. Osakazuki a couple of years ago and now have 2 tiny trees growing, maybe I will get some seed from A.Sango Kaku this year, I hope so!
I think on Foliage Day, I was too busy looking down to find any interesting foliage, I must remember to look upwards as well!