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Dwarf Japanese maple off spring still dwarf?

Posted by kimka z6B (jkkaplan@erols.com) on
Thu, May 2, 13 at 14:13

I have a beautiful dwarf Japanese maple with fine red foliage-about 5 feet tall; maybe 30-40 years old at least. Last spring I found a seedling with identical but smaller foliage and potted up. I just found another yesterday.

My question is will these seedlings be as dwarf as the parent tree or will they be larger or otherwise different? I don't really have any other maples near by so it is not likely this is a hybrid.


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RE: Dwarf Japanese maple off spring still dwarf?

Maybe yes, maybe no :-)) Seedling Japanese maples can often show a great deal of variability from the parent tree in terms of habit, leaf color and leaf size. That's why you cannot get named forms (cultivars) from seed.

However, a good many times seedlings will resemble the parent tree quite closely. All you can do is wait and see. FWIW, virtually all commercially grown JM's are grafted and the location of the graft (combined with typical habit) is what determines ultimate height. If yours is a weeping form, chances are it will stay relatively short.


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