Acer Psuedoplatanus North Wind

greenhavenrdgardenJune 16, 2013

I caught the maple bug last summer after finding a Ryusen...oh boy am I hooked!
I just bought my 50th maple this week. Normally I know/research the tree before I buy it but I couldn't resist the colors of the North Wind as it changed from Spring (reddish orange) to Summer (Green) color. It literally was glowing orange.
Despite googling and referring to my Maple Book I can't find much info on this tree. Does anyone know anything about it? I bought a 7gallon tree and need/want to plant it out in the garden with my other trees but I'm not sure where would be best. Any suggestions?

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gardengal48

You might find more info if looking under a better name :-) This is not a sycamore maple (pseudoplatanus) but a rather unique hybrid between the Korean maple (psuedosieboldianum) and Acer palmatum (typically just listed as Acer 'North Wind' - no species designation).

More cold hardy than the standard JM (zone 3 possibly), it should get to a similar size and appearance with the larger growing types of JM's. 15-20'x15-20'.

Any place in your garden your JM's are happy the North Wind will be happy too.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 6:12PM
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greenhavenrdgarden

Thank you! The nursery tag had the wrong name. I looked at the growers tag and you are right, it is a cross. It says so in the descripton on the tag. I was wondering why this tree that looks so much like a palmatum was being called something else. It's beautiful regardless. It's glowing right now. I'm off to google again :)

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 7:34PM
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whaas_5a(5A SE WI)

I have one and its still a reddish green. A nice tree for sure.

Odds are its not hardy to zone 3 or 4 because it would likely be grafted to A. palmatum.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2013 at 11:03PM
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greenhavenrdgarden

I'm in zone 6 on the a/b line so I should be fine. I ended up putting it in a more exposed area than I have put my other trees. I figured this would be the tree that could handle it and I'm running out of spots. It's still mostly orange/red right now. It's planted near my Sunjoy Tangelo Barberries (a beautiful color barberry). The leaves are mimicking the orange and green in the barberry. Most of my trees have lost their spring color already. Hopefully this tree will last this long every year :)
Thanks again!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 8:18AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Nevertheless the comment about the rootstock could still be relevant, as USDA 6 is on the edge for many kinds of Japanese maples.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 4:22PM
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gardengal48

In zone 6, I doubt there is ANY hardiness concern with this tree :-)

This tree is bred to be a hardy Japanese maple-lookalike alternative for a cold climate. Both the Wisconsin chapter of the ISA and the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association endorse the hardiness of this tree to zone 4.

Grafting could go both ways - there's nothing to say this is not grafted onto sieboldianum rootstock just as easily as it could be grafted onto palmatum rootstock. And as this tree was hybridized to be very cold hardy, seems entirely plausible:-) At any rate, even species Acer palmatum root stock is recognized to be hardy to at least -20F (zone 5), so there seems to little issue with it in zone 6.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 7:39PM
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