Acer crataegifolium 'Hakkan shikin'

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  1. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Many of you, while browsing Yano's book, have certainly come across the picture in page 133 of Acer crataegifolium 'Hakkan shikin' and have wondered: is it real?, well it is.

    This cultivar was introduced by Y.Tanaka in 2001 and is distributed by Tsukasa Maples. The plant shown in the pictures is in a pot in morning sun. Some leaves are almost entirely white while others have green splotches. New leaves have some pink as well. Twigs are bright red. Pics 1 to 3 were taken early May and the last one today, the variegation seems stable.

    For such a strongly variegated plant I am surprised by its vigor; no die back at all in its first spring in my garden. However I have to be cautious since in his book Yano says that
    hmmm... I do not know quite what to expect...., another 'Akane'?

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    katsura Active Member 10 Years

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    Gomero,wonderful variegation with the great contrsat of those pink/red petioles.
    thanks for sharing this gem with us. Amazing indeed such whiteness can keep the plant going.
    Mike
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    amazing!!
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    where is the nursery of this fantastic maple? EU? or Japan?
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Alex,

    As I said in my introduction above, to my knowledge this maple is only distributed by Tsukasa Maples of Japan. Mine comes from this source. When do you plan to visit Japan? ;o))

    Ciao

    Gomero
     
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    Japan je arriveeee'...;-))
     

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