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Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum
Fresh green foliage in early May contrasts with dark red buds
Japanese maple
Yellow autumn foliage
Common name Japanese maple
Family aceraceae
Life cycle tree
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (not too dry)
Seed ripensearly June

Japanese maples come in many statures, colors, and leaf shapes. Through the years, we've grown several. A couple of named varieties, 'Shishigashira' and 'Kiyohime' have their own pages. We also grew one with deeply dissected burgundy foliage for a few years, but it was never too happy, dying back several times in its stay in our garden, and finally giving up altogether. By contrast, a rather ordinary upright, green-leaved, plain-shaped small tree, shown in the pictures here, has done quite well for us, and even though it's not particularly special, we like it quite a bit.

Acer palmatum
Pink propellor seeds on our tree

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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