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Name: Stel Venetoulis
May 14, 2020 6:40 AM CST
|Hello, I have a mini Japanese Maple tree that's about 60-70 years old. It's an amazing tree if I do say so myself. There are so many species of JMT that I wanted to narrow down which kind I have.
My uncertainty really lies in the fact that this tree has always been a maroon color. However, for the past 3 years the leaves have been green. This year it bloomed a dark, blood red.
Any help would be much appreciated. Yes, these pics are all the same tree. Thank you!
May 14, 2020 6:46 AM CST
|Magnificent...but hardly a mini...that is huge.
Acer palmatum dissectum...a cut leaf Japanese maple.
To be as old as that it eliminates 100's of the newer named cultivars.
Odd that one year it has red foliage the next green...never hear of that before.
May 14, 2020 5:41 PM CST
|You made a pretty daunting request...
Here is a suggestion.................
Take your best possible photographs of the tree [particularly good close-ups of leaves] and EMAIL them to:
The Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens
3100 Swann Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217
 396-0008 or  361-9838 Call for an email address you can use that allows you to transmit photos
Email the photos to:
Either place might be the best way to get an ACCURATE name for your tree.
May 15, 2020 3:51 PM CST
A great reference is Japanese Maples, by the late J. D. Vertrees (THERE is an apt name).
Agree with the estimations to this point - Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum.
Given that it is quite an old plant, it is possibly Acer palmatum var. dissectum atropurpureum 'Ornatum'.
Then again, it could very well simply be a very handsome seedling.
You should tell us what time of year each of those images were taken. That always helps in sorting out odd things.
Name: Stel Venetoulis
May 22, 2020 1:01 PM CST
|My mistake. I always thought this was a mini that maxed out around 10ft. One thing I can tell you is that we had two Ginko Biloba trees in our backyard. They provided a fair amount of shade for the JMT. We had to cut those down so the JMT is exposed to a lot more direct sun. I heard too much sun can turn the leaves green. Baltimore has had several hot Summers in a row.
It was middle of the Summer when the tree was green. The other photos I just took in April. This Spring has been quite chilly and wet. The JMT seems to love it.
The root system of this tree is too widespread to ever sell it. Aren't some species of JMT valuable? My Mom acts like this tree is our inheritance or something. Lol. She's kooky!
May 22, 2020 3:44 PM CST
I think your Mom is right.
People would pay a lot to have this magnificent specimen.
Buyer to take all the risk /work of removing it.
It is possible.
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