Japanese Maples

DennisZ

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Who else loves Japanese maples?

Here’s one from my small collection: Acer Shirasawanum “Autumn Moon”

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Oh dear, we seem to have a lot in common!
Pygmy sundews, Japanese maples. I've got about 20 squirrelled away in pots and in places around my strata building, The classic golden full moon maple (A. shirasawanum 'Aureum') is still my favourite. About 20 years old now, and 10 feet tall—the leaves start the most beautiful, almost unbelievable chartreuse (photo below) before turning lemon yellow with a red-tinged edge.
I also pamper an A. palmatum "Yama Nishiki" on my balcony in semi-shade, A. palmatum 'Taylor', A. palmatum 'Koto no Ito', A. palmatum "Beni Maiko' (struggling after this last winter), an 'Orange pumpkin' that I can't find the real name of right now, and a dwarf vine maple very similar to the golden full moon, for the semi-shade on my balcony.
 

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DennisZ

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Oh my, we’re going to be great friends! Your A.s “Aureum” looks amazing, it has perfect leaves! Does it grow fast? I’ve noticed my Acer palmatums are slower than the shirasawanum — but I suspect it’s because they’re garden trees and subject to intense sun all day. I haven’t gotten a green coloured japanese maple yet, and I think I‘m inspired now to pick one up.... :)
 

Hal

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I keep eyeing the green ones with the more solid leaves at the garden center but I'm not sure anything other than a Bloodgood would last the winter here. It's really windy.
 

DennisZ

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I keep eyeing the green ones with the more solid leaves at the garden center but I'm not sure anything other than a Bloodgood would last the winter here. It's really windy.
Overwintering in the garage works well for me. I guess that mostly pertains to container grown trees though!
 
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VarunA

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I love japanese maples. I have two of them at my house. I always wanted them for their amazing red foliage with the distinctive leaf shape. I wanted the lace leaf as well as the normal variety.

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Some pics of Acer shirasawanum “moonrise” and Acer palmatum “orange dream”. Incredible trees, and a great contrast to any red-leafed maples!
 

Chen

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Nice collection. I currently am raising around 20-30 acer palmatum 'atropurpureum' saplings. They have a lot of genetic variation as one would expect from seed grown plants. I plan on selling them as prebonsai or bonsai stock once they've matured a bit and I've refined them. I'll post pictures once the saplings re-establish themselves as I recently moved them out from a community container.
 
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