Acer elegantulum

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  1. ogrodnik

    ogrodnik Member

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    This maple belongs to section palmata. It is native to China. According to "An illustrated guide to maples" there is one specimen in Westonbirt Arboretum, England. Planted in 1986 it had grown more than 3m in 1998. It is located in semishade forest. No further information about this plant is available. Also there aren't much information in "Maples of the world" about Acer elegantulum. There aren't any cultivars and the elegantulum itself may not be hardy.
    J heard that Acer elegantulum is a rootstock for other maples from palmata section. Plants grafted on A. elegantulum should be more resistant to verticillium.
    These pictures show Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' grafted on A. elegantulum. it matches the leaf description so I think it may be elegantulum.
    Does anyone has an experience with this maple as a rootstock? Is it really verticillium resist? How about hardiness?
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Seems rather a shame to waste an interesting rare and elegant maple as just a rootstock for a boring, over-used cultivar!
     
  3. ogrodnik

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    It wasn't me who grafted that dissectum on it! I just bought it:) Anyway it seems that they really use A. elegantulum as a rootstock. Some other maples I have are also grafted on it. I'm going to do some hardwood cuttings during this winter. then we shall see if A. elegantulum is easy to propagate this way. maybe it is a good source of rootstock?
     
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    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Curious thread where the named plant is the rootstock....
    Let me help the situation sharing the pictures of my Acer elegantulum .
    In complement to what Ogrodnik says, I'd like to add that this maple is rather, ahem, elegant, specially in the summer when the new yellow-green growth arches gracefully, as can be seen in pic3. The new spring growth is reddish (pic1), turning green afterwards (pic2). Fall color inconspicuous.

    Gomero
     

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    simongrant Active Member Maple Society

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    I have been growing a grafted plant of Acer elegantalum for some years. It is now 5-6 m and last year flowered for the first time. I have attached some pictures of it including its Autumn colour. Last weekend I was given a seedling plant that sprouted from a plant grown from seed obtained in Japan also labelled as Acer elegantalum. The other pictures are from it which although having some similarities has much rougher leaves, coarser serrations and red petioles. Are both variations of Acer elegantalum? Also Acer olivaceum has been grouped by some as synonymous, is one that instead?
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi LoverOfmaples, this is the thread.
     
  7. LoverOfMaples

    LoverOfMaples Rising Contributor

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    @Acerholic I saw this one the other day. But decided to put the name in the search and got lots more results. Thanks I didn't think to do that.
     
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    Acer elegantulum

    A new edition to my collection. I'm excited to see how it progresses in the future.
     

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good evening D, an early fathers day present ????

    Lovely healthy leaves, that's going to be a wonderful specimen.

    Do share photos of it as it matures.

    D
     
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    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hi Alain, that photo from November 2013 would persuade anyone to buy it. Amazing.

    D
     
  12. LoverOfMaples

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    Good evening @Acerholic. This one was in a group I ordered around the beginning of May. I didn't get a chance to get pics and post it in the 'Cheer' thread. I definitely will be posting pics/updates.

    Thanks @AlainK. I appreciate you sharing pics and info. I hope mine grow to look as good as yours. I love those colours!
     

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