Identification: Acer ID

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  1. GeorgeT

    GeorgeT New Member

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    Hi all-
    I’m new to this forum and I’m hoping for some help with identifying a variety. Pictures are taken today in Virginia, USA. Fall color is a more striking red. I’d also love some advice on how to propagate this tree. I know I’ll be moving in the next couple years and would like to grow one like it over my Lifetime. I have many seedling from this tree but It seems almost all the varieties are grafted. Thanks to everyone in advance for lending your expertise.
     

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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Air-layering it would be the best option IMO, especially since you have at least "a couple of years" to get good results.

    You can try now, or later until mid-June here, but I think in Virginia where I think it's warm longer in the season, mid-July could be OK.

    Some cultivars air-layers take only 2-3 months before being removed, but it may vary depending on the climate, the cultivar, etc.

    The first ones I successfully did were based on this article from Harry Harrington, who lives in a milder, and I think a bit rainier weather :

    Layering techniques for Bonsai

    About the name of the cultivar : it looks like a cv from Acer palmatum amoenum, maybe just Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'. I have a much smaller one that looks about the same.
     
  3. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Herons bonsai on You tube give a tutorial on air layering, @AlainK is the expert on Bonsai so I would take his advice as I hope to with an Oak at a later date, but I enjoy learning from instructional videos, so thought I would suggest this to you.
    Do love your tree btw, it looks 80 years old plus.
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    No, i'm not an expert!

    Just like for maples, I'm a long-time learner, and the more I know, etc. etc.
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    @AlainK , well I'm impressed by your knowledge, so hopefully George will take your advice.

    I would love a tree like his in my garden, such a shame he has to leave it behind. So much character!!!!
     
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