To all your grafters out there I have what one might perceive as a stupid question. However, I was always curious and wanted to throw it out there.
I am a big fan of Maples of all species, both hardwood Maples and Japanese Maples. I have been collecting both of these in my backyard and have over 30 varieties currently, but can't stop collecting them.
I need some tall shade trees in my yard, which brought me to an idea of wondering if it was possible to get a Japanese maple tree that is capable of also being a shade tree reaching 50+ feet tall, and vigorously growing to that height.
I know grafting can be used to improve some cultivars by amending an improved root stock onto them. But can you marry say a Red Maple root stock and a Japanese Maple Scion and get vigorous growth and reach the height of 50+ feet?
Thanks for all those that help me in my ever ponderous question.