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Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 18, 2012 9:27 pm

I finally located my camera and got some good pics today. The trees are about 2 weeks early when compared to last spring, which makes total sense given the extremely mild winter and super warm March temperatures we've enjoyed thus far. Anyone else seeing their trees leaf out yet?

Chioshio 3_18_12a.jpg


Okushimo 3_18_12a.jpg


Katsura 3_18_12a.jpg


Katsura 3_18_12e.jpg


Kamagata 3_18_12a.jpg


More to follow. Only 5 pics can be attached at a time.

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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 18, 2012 9:34 pm

More pics from March 18, 2012

OshioBeni 3_18_12b.jpg


Viridis 3_18_12a.jpg


HuppsWillow 3_18_12a.jpg


KotoNoIto 3_18_12d.jpg


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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Tigger » Mar 19, 2012 11:17 am

Thanks for the pictures. Some of ours are just starting, and we have some newer ones I'm waiting to see in their spring colors!
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Chris_W » Mar 19, 2012 12:40 pm

Beautiful. You have a great collection! Wish we could grow them better here, but this spot gets so much winter wind it would devastate most of them (unless every winter was like this one). The forsythia are flowering now, and the magnolia are budding strong. Our quince have leaves and buds and so do the lilacs, but nothing else leafing quite yet. :)
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby thy » Mar 19, 2012 7:29 pm

Are they lovely :D

Nothing here yet, but I can wait.....

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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby George Nesfield » Mar 20, 2012 2:17 pm

Hi,
Those photo's are brilliant and well worth waiting for.
The buds on my Japanese maples are just starting to swell, I should imagine four to five weeks before they pop.
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 20, 2012 11:19 pm

Hey folks,

I'm glad to read that you enjoy the pics. Here's one of my small Sango Kaku trees that I rescued from Home Depot 2 years ago.

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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 24, 2012 10:06 pm

Well, after 5 days of rain, the sun finally came out! Talk about a gorgeous day! Snapped a few more pics, but the breeze didn't make it easy.... came up with way too many blurry pics. But here are a few good ones that did come out:

KotoNoIto 3_24_12.jpg


Shidava 3_24_12.jpg


Trompenburg 3_24_12.jpg


OshioBeni 3_24_12.jpg


God, how I LOVE springtime!!
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby eastwood2007 » Mar 25, 2012 10:12 am

Lovely pics! I really want to do japanese maples. I looked around a little last year, but the ones I found at the nurseries were really pricey. If I felt confident that I knew how to care for them I wouldn't mind, but I would hate to kill one I spent the big money for.

I wish I had gone to my Home Depot, Kevin, as you are close enough to me they may have had the same sale going on down here south. I got my Harry Lauder's Walking Stick like that 2 years ago. I was just busy last fall, and also I'm so concerned about bringing nematodes into my gardens these days.

I hope you'll continue to show us pics as they leaf out.
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby thy » Mar 26, 2012 3:29 am

Those pics are great and the japanes marples beautiful :D Thank's for sharing.
I had to run out and look at the buds, so small, so thank you George for telling me I have to wait a month :wink:

I have a Trompenburg too, just a small 3 foot tree, but as far as I know it is fast growing for a jap. marple.
I have one more red one, sorry no tag and then I got a present last year, coral :wink: ark with varigated leafs, the leafs are a bit rough but the bark and the varigation made it intersting for me. Nametag:.... Different sorts of marples :lol:
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 26, 2012 3:44 pm

Charla,

If you're afraid of growing a japanese maple in the ground, I highly recommend growing them in containers. Just be sure that the soil mix is well-draining and then bury the pot in the ground to overwinter it. I enjoy moving them around the garden to bring height to certain areas and in case of extreme heat or cold, they can be moved into a protected area.

Pia--- Trompenburg is a fast growing tree when younger. I feel it's a great tree that is ignored in favor of Bloodgood or Emperor nowadays.

Yet another day in the low 80's yesterday and today, so everything is really going crazy after all the rain we had last week. Yesterday I took these pics:

Jasemin 3_25_12.jpg


Green Cascade 3_25_12.jpg


Woods2 3_25_12.jpg


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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 26, 2012 3:58 pm

Here's a couple more pics of Koto No Ito, a thread-leaf palmatum. These leaves look even more delicate than those of a dissectum:

KotoNoIto 3_25_12.jpg


KotoNoIto 3_25_12a.jpg


Here's another of Chioshio Improved with it's bright red leaves:

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Happy spring everyone!
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby thy » Mar 29, 2012 4:09 pm

Once again a bunch of great pics :D

I am in love with your pic of Kamagata, just stunning.

Tread JP are told to be very tender.. true or false :-?
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby George Nesfield » Mar 30, 2012 5:00 am

Hi Thy,
I have three kamagata's dotted around in pots and they are okay, I certainly wouldn't say that they where tender as they don't get any special treatment they are just left in the garden all winter, and winter before last was the worst winter we had had for years.
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby Schattenfreude » Mar 30, 2012 3:24 pm

George,

I think Pia meant the "thread leaf" maples, such as Koto No Ito. I know they look delicate, but I certainly hope that they're not, for a grower in Illinois (Davidsan) writes:
One of the best linearilobum you will find anywhere. Has great shape, is hardy, and is all around great. Has more of a flowing form than many other stiffer Linearilobums . Its long leaves literally hang down giving it more of a dissectum look that is very unique. In addition, the leaves on old and new branches are different sizes. This one is a really good all around JM.


I take that to mean that they are quite hardy. This is my first year with the tree, so I can't say for sure.... especially after the extremely mild winter that we just had. Mine is planted in an area at the base of a huge oak tree and will get some morning sun as well as some late afternoon/evening sun. So I think it should like its new home rather well.

Pia, are you more concerned with sun damage to the leaves in summer or winter-hardiness?

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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby thy » Mar 30, 2012 5:42 pm

George, ... do you have them in pots standing on the ground all year ?

So they are not that tender ...My next one will be a fern leaved.....

Kevin, George and I are very close in latitude, for you it will be the same as far north in Canada, but we benefit from the Gulf Stream. The only real differnce is George lives in UK western for my country and most of the rain comes from the west. From the east we get soome very cold spring temps , so I get the worst of them... You may need a map :wink: Then me mosly are up and down the freezing poing, often on a daily base, frost at nights and thaw at days ... around 40 F or a bit more

Lets take NY.. it have the same latitude as southern France... I have to wear sunprotection if going there :D
So our sun factor is rater low. The problems are 1: Our wind, specially in the winther times sometimes with rather low temps, but not generally as low as yours... you have had one of our mildes winthers this year :D
2 Our summers change a lot, most are rather cool, great for working in the garden, but sunbathing is chilly and it might be rather rainy, then it can change ower night to sunbathing temps for the next day or weeks.... we never know if we can invite friends for a BB next Saturday :(
Or in hosta language,... they get used to a lot of rain and a shaded= owercasted periode, then suddenly it is 90 F and not a cloud on the sky... gives some problem with the blue wax :wink: or the other way round, just giving less problems.

George, please correct me if it is not the facts for your neck of the World :D

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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby George Nesfield » Mar 31, 2012 7:44 am

Hi thy,
Yes they are in pots dotted about the garden, not in their rightfull place in the garden at the moment as we are still in the process of getting the garden as we want it, we doing a bit at a time but we will get there sometime.
We have just had the hottest March week for years so have been getting on with the garden ,at the present time I am taking up some of the lawn at the bottom of the garden where we have put our koipond and we are going to replace it with limestone chippings to get a bit of the karasansui feel about it.
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Re: Japanese Maples - first pics of 2012

Postby whis4ey » May 17, 2012 7:37 am

Good to see the new leaf on the Japanese maples. It is certainly true that these trees are at their prettiest close up in Spring, and from a distance in Autumn
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