Winter care for Acer tree

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  1. molly

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    Hi there Iam new to the forum my name is Molly. I have an Acer tree it is just beginnig to shed it's leaves for the winter. How do I take care of it in the winter? I live in Scotland and the winters here are very cold.
     
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    Re: acer tree

    It should be fully hardy outdoors, if planted in the ground (don't leave it in a pot, as that will expose the roots to frost)
     
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    Re: acer tree

    Thank you for your reply. My acer is in a pot as it is still quite young. How do I stop the frost getting at it?
    Edie.
     
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    Re: acer tree

    Bring it inside of a porch or covered area. You can wrap the pot in an isulating material. The plant does not need light once dormant, so it can be stored in a garage or shed for winter as long as it does not become too warm.

    What is your coldest winter temperature and for duration dose it last? How large is the pot and what age is the maple?
     
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    Re: acer tree

    What kind of maple will be relevant also, some are more hardy than others.
     
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    Re: acer tree

    Edinburgh is zone 8/9 borderline, average annual winter minimum about -7°, but in severe winters as low as -15° (last this low was in the 1981/82 winter). Frosts can occur at any time from now until early May, but the bulk of the winter is above freezing, typically 3° to 9°.
     

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