Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

acer(6b western NC)June 9, 2010

I posted the recent question "Photos! Please help me id this Japanese maple".

One person answered that it may be the straight species, not a named cultivar. What can I expect from the tree if it is, size/growth, and color-wise? Would it have the same needs?

Thanks

Shannon

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tsugajunkie z5 SE WI

Culturally the needs are the same. As for size and color, that's anybody's guess, but after looking at your picture I'd say its gonna be big.

tj

    Bookmark   June 9, 2010 at 10:08PM
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gardengal48

Appearance of the species is variable as to leaf size and shape and even coloring but these usually grow to be large trees -- generally the largest of the Japanese maples. 15-20' tall and wide, possibly larger in time and with good growing conditions.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2010 at 8:52AM
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toronado3800 Zone 6 StLouis(6)

I have one out in full sun and its a little bushier than most would prefer. Even might prune it this winter.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2010 at 10:57PM
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kjskjs

Yeah. The seedling unnamed trees can get REALLY big. At a recent festival in my area, I saw at least 5 or 6 children climbing, hanging and sitting in a huge red JM (all at once!). It was pretty amazing when I thought of all the petite little cultivars I normally see.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2010 at 10:17PM
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bob_cville

We have this Japanese Maple in our back yard. I think it may be a plain and simple Japanese Maple, not any named cultivar. It is about 30' tall and about 40' across. However I'm sure it has taken a very long time to get to this size. Its a beautiful tree year round, but in the fall it becomes breathtaking, as shown in the following picture.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 1:42PM
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