Acer palmatum 'Aksel'

Discussion in 'Acer palmatum cultivars (photos)' started by Gomero, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    This new cultivar is a chance seedling from Acer amoenum 'Matsuyoi' found in 2008 in a garden in Southwest France and named after the first grandson of the selector. The leaves flush pink and stay pink for a long time (3-4 months) which is quite unusual for an amoenum. As the season progresses the veins start to turn pale green while the remainder of the leaf stays pink. In the summer the leaves become pink-brown while the veins turn a darker green. Fall color orange/yellow like 'Matsuyoi'. The pictures shown were taken today, June 10th. Plant receives morning sun, being protected in the afternoon.

    Gomero

    P.S.: In my view it should be called Acer amoenum 'Aksel' but I used the other title to be coherent with the nomenclature used in this forum.
     

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  2. marymyers

    marymyers Active Member Maple Society

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    Congrats, Gomero. What a beautiful tree.
     
  3. maplesandpaws

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    Very pretty indeed! Since it's hard to tell from pictures, roughly how large are the leaves? Does it seem to be a fairly sturdy tree?
     
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    maf Well-Known Member Maple Society

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    Very nice, Gomero, seems to be beautiful and very unusual. I am imagining that your own garden in Southwest France is the one in question, please correct me if I am wrong.

    The sides of the leaf lobes seem slightly curved under á la Trompenburg, I wonder if any shirasawanum genes are involved here, maybe from the pollen donor?
     
  5. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thanks everybody.
    Yes, Maf, it is my garden ;). It may indeed have 'shirasawanum blood', I just have to wait for the first flowers to come.
    Maplesandpaws, the leaves are in the medium-to-small league. I place an 'Osakazuki' leaf on top of 'Aksel' for reference.

    Gomero
     

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