Acer palmatum 'Mikazuki'

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  1. Maple_Lady

    Maple_Lady Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Mikazuki means 'crescent moon' in Japanese. A lovely pink variegated maple with hints of cream. The primary color is pink. Grows naturally in a nice shape, well branched without needing excess pruning.
     

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    Mikazuki is fast becoming a favorite in my garden. It's coloration is special during the entire growing season, and the chartreuse veins are unusually brilliant. This photo was taken May 9, 2009.
     

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    I am excited to see this tree, I ordered two for this next season. I guess I will have to get a truck down to Oregon to get them.
     
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    This is a striking cultivar. The reticulated leaf really shows off in the early spring. The colors are also very showy contrasting well with my other trees.

    Here is a photo from back in May.

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    This has a nice bright color to start off spring. I have added more photos as the leaves open up.
     

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    this is an interesting tree. I like it but at the same time It is not one of the more attractive trees. The coloring seems a bit smeary. I would put it high on my list but probably not a top 10 tree for me.
     

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    I tend to agree with you that it wouldn't make my "top ten" list, but it would probably make the "top 25 list." I like the spring color, and when it goes to summer color I enjoy the reticulated coloring a lot. I think it's unusual (especially the color of the veining), and it reminds me of a greener version of Olsen's Frosted Strawberry, not a bad plant to be compared to.

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    I find this tree to be good in a smaller form where you look at it up close. From a distance it is a pale pink with a bit of a brownish tint. So as I see it, the tree has great leaves but so so as a tree in the garden. I have aslo found that many of the people who walk through my place walk right by and do not even notice it. I will try it in a few different locations.
     

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    as far as individual leaf interest Mikazuki is one of my favorite reticulated varieties. Mine is still young but there is just so much contrast in the leaf.
     

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    I still am not sure if what to think about the tree. I would sy most people walk right by it and do not even notice it. When I stop them and have them look at the leaves, there is more interest but to the most part people do not want it in their garden as a tree.
     

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    Nice size specimen Charlie.

    I've noticed that Mikazuki in a container tends to fade out more of the color than in the ground. The Mikazuki's I have for in one and three gallons are nearly white - compared to the one in my display garden.
     

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    I have one in the ground and two in pots and there is not much difference. They are new arrivals so they may have more food in them and have a color distortion. I will find out more next year.
     
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    I do agree with Amazingmaples that most people don't really notice Mikazuki unless you point it out to them. It's a subtle plant. But once you do point it out to them, they realize how unusual it is. I'm a fan of this cultivar, even though it doesn't have the WOW factor from afar.
     
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    I would agree, the tree has interesting leaves but not necessarily the best tree for a garden setting. None of mine are in full sun, so that will be my next test with the tree. I am sure its coloring will be different
     
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    Mine is in considerable shade and is doing fabulously well. It does receive some limited afternoon sun, but even that is fairly filtered. I'll be curious to hear from you how your Mikazuki does when placed in more sun. Should be interesting. I have much enjoyed how interesting this plant seems to be each month of the growing season (when everything else is pretty much red or green for the summer).
     
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    all in perspective, mikazuki is perfect in the fact that it does have a unique coloring this time of year compared to most all of the maples.
     
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    here are the fall colors ii had for 2011
     

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    The spring color and the shape of the leaves do make this tree quite enjoyable. i have added photos from a couple of my Mikazuki
     

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    The second year in the ground and I find the tree to have a more vivid coloration. I think the tree works best in the garden when you see it more up close.
     

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    i still find the tree to be one hard to sell during much of the year. I am going to try a new location for it next year to see if i can find its best setting. it did look great in its current location in spring. .
     

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    I haven't had this one long, but it is showing that it is going to end up being a real favourite in my garden. Acer palmatum ' Mikazuki'.
    It is definitely better seen close up to appreciate.
     

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    An update on the progress of my Mikazuki in July 2020. The strong drying winds that I thought would do it some damage has surprisingly not occurred. IMO this maple is getting better and better.
     

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    Now August 3rd 2020, this one is holding up really well considering it is one if my more delicate varieties I have in my garden. A heatwave is due at the end of the week, so we will see how it copes.
     

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    Day three of extreme heat 36° C, the regular updates as promised. Today expected to be hotter. Photo 8th August 2020.
     

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    12th August 2020 still very hot and in fact yesterday was the hottest I've ever seen in my garden. Ground temperature hit 48° C by my trees.
    They are all now suffering. But I will continue the Summer diary as requested.
    Doing OK IMO, heatwave nearly over so let's see in a few days what effect the heat had on my Mikazuki.
     

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