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Identify this JM!

Posted by alexavd 7A (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 29, 13 at 21:12

Have put a lot of effort into identifying this JM myself with no success.. Got it last November from a lot that was being razed, where it was was growing in full shade under canopy of mature trees. Now it's in my front yard.

Stands 16' tall, has green bark, leaves are small palmate. Has not gone red yet this year but we have only have 2 frosts so far. The fall color last year was an extremely vivid, striking fire engine red. I have posted spring, summer and late fall pictures along with leaves. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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RE: Identify this JM!

As one major grower of JM's states on their website: "There are things that are absolute in life such as death and taxes. Unfortunately being able to visually identify a specific Japanese maple cultivar with 100% certainty isn't one of them!"

There are more than a 1000 registered cultivars of JM's which contributes to the complication of this process, not to mention some of them offer such subtle differences as to be virtually impossible to differentiate unless an expert.......and even they have a very hard time. Chances are very good that this is just a species JM and if you are unable to discern any sign of a graft, that chance escalates to near 100%. All named forms/cultivars of Japanese maples must be grafted or otherwise propagated asexually - any seed grown JM will just be a form of the species. No cultivar name.

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