Contrast for Emperor JM

pmsmith2032(5b Suburbs of Chicago)March 24, 2013

I am trying to determine what would be a good contrasting maple to an Emperor JM. Both trees will be in full sun and must be as hardy as possible. I was thinking something with yellow/ light green leaves?

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gardengal48

Stay with a green leaf, not anything too pale or gold/yellow colored - these tend to be too vulnerable to damage in full sun.

If you have the room, I'd consider an 'Osakazuki'. A good, longtime, durable selection that has full green leaves in summer and a wonderful orange/scarlet kaleidoscope of fall color. Gets about the same size as Emp I or Bloodgood and makes and excellent companion.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 6:36PM
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pmsmith2032(5b Suburbs of Chicago)

Thanks gardengal. How winter hardy is 'Osakazuki" to zone 5b? Does it bloom earlier or later than most JM?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:13AM
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pmsmith2032(5b Suburbs of Chicago)

How hardy is 'Osakazuki" to zone 5b? Does it bloom earlier or later than most JM?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 3:24PM
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gardengal48

I doubt you will have any concerns with this selection. It is one of the oldest cultivated forms of JM's, known equally for its very robust nature and spectacular fall color. I can't speak to your zone but it leafs out comparable with most other JM's in my climate.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2013 at 3:42PM
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