We have several of this variety since they give a lovely bright splash of colour from spring to autumn.
The acer "Orange Dream" looks like this in early spring when the juvenile leaves emerge yellow with bright orange margins and tips.
Any late new growth in summer is also yellow and orange. However, by mid summer most of the leaves have gained their full palmate shape and have become yellow-green in colour.
The acer is cold hardy but the foliage is relatively fragile. The summer leaves prefer dappled shade and morning sun rather than full midday sun since they have a tendency to scorch in strong sunlight. Nevertheless, we have planted some of our 'Orange dream' in full sun since during most UK summers scorching sun is a relative rarity! It is only occasionally that we have unsightly sun scorched leaves which we then pick off in a miniature pruning session.
Autumn color is bright gold.
'Orange dream' grows relatively slowly however, towards the end of each winter, like most of our Japanese acers, we prune off the new growth of the previous year in order to keep them to the form and size of our choice.