Osakazuki- leaf size varying in B&B'd and boxed trees?
Last wk. i bought one of these from a very knowledgable nursery owner near me- who carries a wide variety of jap. maples and buys his material mostly from Larry Stanley and Buchholtz and Buchholts, both in Ore. Strange experience lately; curious about your thoughts:
We looked at three Osakazuki specimens, all from the same grower. All about 7'H, 1- 1.5" caliper. The B&B'd tree had consistently large 4" leaves, red timged One of the other two(boxed) had consistently small leaves; the other had mostly small leaves, some larger on the bottom branches. The nursery owner and I talked about the leaf size variation and he related that he does see that difference sometimes on unplanted jap maples. Has that been your experience as well? Wanting to avoid disappointment, we chose the tree with consistently large leaves .Also, have any of you seen this cultivar grown in partial shade but still having its famous brilliant red in fall?