Acer palmatum 'Abigail Rose'

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  1. mjh1676

    mjh1676 Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Here are two spring photos of a liner plant that I had earlier in the year. The liners I had perished by early summer. I returned to the grower that supplied the liners earlier in the year and I came home with the larger plant pictured. The larger plant in summer color is of the same liner batch from the late winter and represents this years growth.

    The problem appears to be that the late season growth can be so vigorous that the plant will not set buds or that the growth is so tender that it does not survive the winter and early spring challenges. Combine that with a plant that is very suseptible to mildew, the condition that my liners succumbed to, and you have the makings for a difficult varieity to grow.

    If you view the photo of the full liner, you will notice that the black areas at the base of the new stems. This area at the base of the new stems is a grouping of buds, as can be seen on many dwarf maples, to which this plant often dies completely back to in the spring. I completely expect to lose 1/4 or better of the chutes on the larger plant pictured above come spring. What seems to happen is the plant tries to push growth from the bud grouping and frost or mildew or other problems kill the very tiny leaves. This process is repeated and if successful, we get new chutes, if not the plant burns out.

    Wish me luck as the larger plant above will be my last effort to grow this plant.
     

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    The US National Arboretum, late-May, 2006.
    (I wouldn't recommend planting this in a groundcover Juniper bed ever!)
     

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    Looks like fun to me! I'm about to get one so wish me luck because I will only give this one 1 shot!

    David
     
  4. Cirque

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    I just received 'Abigail Rose' from Essence of the tree. Looks like it will be a
    really nice small AP to watch.
     

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    This is a sweet and delicate cultivar, one that requires some care in the spring time when days are warm and nights are freezing.
     

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    Just thought I'd let you know that the photo above in Post #4 shows the tree that I once had. She didn't pull through. We had a really hard winter....and then an unusually dry spring. She started to leaf out....then just stopped and held onto 1/8 to 1/4" leaves and never changed. It's too bad...was quite a beautiful AP....don't think I'll replace this one. It's the only one I lost this year.....and the second ever.

    Cirque
     
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    Sorry to hear about your loss. This is one of those plants I tend to call a "house plant" because when the winter is harsh, moisture is not abundant or the spring brings hard frosts, I drag the plant into the garage. I have maybe twenty small trees that I call house plants, delicate and beautiful little things, all in pots, and so far my strategy of moving them from extremes in the weather has paid off. Of course I'd rather have them in the ground, but I feel they need a more moderate climate than what southern Oregon provides. Here's my Abigail Rose on May 14, 09, beginning to fade from the spring colors.
     

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  8. amazingmaples

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    here are some photos of my 'Abigail Rose'
     

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    this year with our cold weather my Abigail Rose seemed to barely pushed out leaves.
     

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    I planted it in a very warm bed with afternoon shade.
     

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    Well it looks like it is happy in its new location. We will see how it does through the winter
     

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    I am glad to read the post from mapledia. Being relatively new to maples, I was not sure why these delicate plants are dying. I will get one soon. It seems clear to me now that what kills them is freezing weather in winter but more importantly freezing weather in spring. I was going to put the maples on a rack, cover the rack in bubble wrap and fit a thermostat and cable heating set at 0 C for winter. I will do the same in spring now, perhaps, set at +5 C. I have only a terrace and no unheated indoor space in case someone is wandering why the complex set up.
     

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