Bloodgood Maple

rosecavalier(3 AB)November 8, 2013

I saw this maple in the West Kootenays two weeks ago and was impressed...so I did a search on this forum...didn't find much about gardeners trying this cultivar on the Canadian prairies. Have any of the forum folks tried this beauty even though it is rated Zone 4/5? Didn't know it even existed til I saw it.

This maple was planted 8 yrs ago is about 15ft tall...located near Burton, BC.

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ostrich(3a AB)

I used to have a beautiful laceleaf dwarf Japanese maple in my previous zone 5 home..... it's my favourite tree and I miss it so much!

I am not aware of any Japanese Maple growing in the prairies, so if anyone is aware of it, I would love to know too!

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 2:27AM
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donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)

Hi- Bloodgood is a very popular red-leafed Japanese maple. I have never seen it grow colder than zone 5. Amur maple is your best bet on the prairies- you don't get the nice leaf shape but the tree profile isn't too far off and the beautiful fall colour is similar.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2013 at 11:18PM
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twrosz

Now, that's some brilliant color! Unfortunately, even in a very sheltered micoclmate, I have yet to come across anyone on the Canadian prairie growing a Japanese maple without providing it with winter protection. I did have a 'Emperor 1' growing in a large pot I'd set in the unheated attached garage for the winter, but I had let it dry out too much and lost the thing :(

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 10:24PM
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beegood_gw

This is a small Amur maple in my yard. I left it as a shrub but a lot are grown as trees

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 10:27PM
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rosecavalier(3 AB)

Thanks for the comments...and photo of the Amur maple, beegood...just planted one at my daughter's place this fall...good reviews on this forum. Japanese maples have the pleasing fabulous colors and texture...often throughout the summer too. Color in the fall is a real bonus for us northerners...here is a photo of a thornless r. canina...a stone's throw from the maple

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 12:03PM
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beegood_gw

Would love to grow a rose with rose hips like that but looks my zone is too cold.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 2:06PM
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rosecavalier(3 AB)

Doesn't that seem to be the case...maybe a little too often!

Actually, my unsubstantiated feeling is that this rose wouldn't be too difficult to winter here...canes are somewhat supple and would lend themselves to lowering to the ground to be covered...if you're up for it. It's a wild rose and one of the best hip displays I've seen. Typically they have vicious thorns...I once tried to pick an apple on a tree that had been engulfed by one of these...never again. Also, that same bush had numerous bird nests near the apple I was savouring...now I know why. But the one in the photo is thornless!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 5:45PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I agree that an Amur maple offers at least as much as that Bloodgood - although it is very beautiful. I have an Amur which I have decided to let grow into a tree and it's grown quite quickly. I know of some properties around here with long rows of Amurs and they are stunning in fall.

My Morden Centennial rose surprised me with lots of very big hips this fall. I bought it half dead for $3 and never really look at it but the hips make me do a double take when I was covering stuff up.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:54PM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

Beegood - may I ask what variety that is - absolutely stunning!!!! Thanks for the eye candy.

Shilla

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 12:14AM
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beegood_gw

All I remember is that it was an Amur Maple. Got it The Big Greenhouse in Spruce Grove several years back. The deer keep it trimmed back pretty well.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 9:56AM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

Thanks beegood - I remember The Big Greenhouse well - I used to stop in there on my way south.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 12:01PM
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twrosz

The Big Greenhouse is a mere ten minute drive and a favorite stop of mine where I'll sometimes come across rare and hard to find plants.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 2:07PM
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beegood_gw

I think it's a great green house too and I live east of Edmonton. Did people ever ask what the name of it was when you told them you'd been to the big green house in Spruce grove. I had that happen a few times.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 2:33PM
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shillanorth Z4 AB

We northerners knew it well - it was such an oasis and feast for the senses when we hit ``the south```!!!!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 8:23PM
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twrosz

Beegood, what Big Greenhouse are you talking about, you mean the one along the highway on the east side of Spruce Grove? lol ... yep, it happens, lol.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 9:20PM
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beegood_gw

That's the one. !! Really like going there as they have a real variety of plants. Especially perennials and shrubs etc.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2013 at 10:46PM
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