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May 1, 2020 7:23 PM CST

Hi all,
Newbie here. Bought our house in November. We knew there was a Japanese Maple here but we didn't know it was/had reverted back to the root stock...if this is happening. My question is, is it changing back to a normal maple and if it is, will the seeds produced by the Japanese part produce a Japanese Maple? I am including pictures. We live in southeast Virginia.
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May 1, 2020 9:27 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I suspect at least one (maybe more) suckers were allowed to grow from the root stock. Crawl into the tree and try to find out if all the "reverted" parts are coming off just a couple trunks. The red threadleaf part should have its own stem. It will be the only part of the tree emerging above the graft. Its been allowed to go on for so long, it might be impossible to fix.
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May 2, 2020 7:01 AM CST

What about the seeds?
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May 2, 2020 11:14 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Yes, those are seeds. I'm not sure what the question is.
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May 2, 2020 12:22 PM CST

Will the produce a Japanese maple or will they be a tree from the root stock.
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May 2, 2020 9:37 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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If the seeds are on the threadleaf part, there will be some seedlings that are threadleaf, maybe even with red foliage. Seeds are a compilation of all the ancestors from both sides of the family AND you don't know who the second parent is.

If the seeds are on the root stock tree, there is a better chance they will look like the root stock as that tree is closer to the species tree. Both trees are Acer palmatum so, they could cross pollinate eachother.

If you decide to grow the seeds, let them mature and fall on their own (in the fall). Then they will need cold stratification to germinate.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org
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May 3, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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Wow, I have never seen anything like that! Wonder why the rootstock was allowed to get this big.
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May 3, 2020 8:06 PM CST

Yes, it is horrible. It's close to the house and almost completely taken over by the root stock. As much as I hate the thought, it's probably coming out this fall. That and an old cherry tree. It doesn't produce fruit and it's just too big....
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