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Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

Posted by acer 6b western NC (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 9, 10 at 19:19

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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RE: Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

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


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RE: Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

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.


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RE: Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

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


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RE: Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

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.


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RE: Plain and simple Japanese maple. What can I expect?

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.


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