Acer palmatum 'Nathan'

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  1. Houzi

    Houzi Active Member 10 Years

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    Had this cultivar a couple of years,still trying to work out what it's supposed to look like.Often quoted as a red cultivar,this may be true though looks like it'll take quite a bit of sun to achieve.I'm trying it in more sun now as it's usually been a dark green and it's gradually changing colour.However looking at some of the leaves on this young graft it appears to want to be a reticulate....now I don't know what to do ha...guess it could also be mislabelled.
    Anyone else growing it?
     

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    ROEBUK Generous Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Looks similar to Beni shigitatsu sawa ? still very pretty though.
     
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    Houzi Active Member 10 Years

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    Cheers Roebuk,although to be honest it's been a rather dull plant so far.I never considered it to be a reticulate 'til I saw the younger plant today.Beni Shig...& Ariadne were next to it and are clearly reticulated and colourful.Maybe I'll try the lil'one in a shady spot.
     
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    I kept falling in love with Nathan in Maple Collector's videos on Youtube - so surprised to see that it isn't more popular! Here's mine:

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    Luke @Luke’s Maples bought one recently. He said he loves it. I can see you are going to as well Xi.
     
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    Thanks D - I'm certainly impressed so far! Looking forward to seeing what this little guy does over summer/autumn!
     
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    Nathan is settling in and putting out some really vivid colour on the new leaves:

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    Nathan is just shooting up (clearly the UK weather is doing wonders!) and continues putting out that bright growth into July:

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    If only I had room for one more maple !!!! Lol.
     
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    Not to try and convince you otherwise (ahem!) but mine is very columnar so far and takes up almost no room at all - it would be very very easy to squeeze one in somewhere, is all I will say!
     
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    Lol......
     
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    I'm really enjoying my Nathan - the new growth is consistently such a joy, it catches my eye amongst all the others in the garden:

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    Certainly catching my eye Xi. It pops !!!
     
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    Nathan in October:

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    Bright red leaves at the end of the month:

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    A very nice surprise at the beginning of spring: I wasn't expecting Nathan to look like this!

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    More it's normal Spring colours IMO Xi. I do wonder why it's not more popular.
     
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    More of Nathan's spring colour:

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    Are you thinking this is also going to be a pale year with Nathan Xi ? Doesn't matter tbh, its lovely.
     
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    Haha, I certainly wouldn't complain if it kept these interesting pale colours well into the summer, that's for sure! Last year it was a lovely deep red that didn't look like the Nathan in the videos I fell in love with (but was a gorgeous shade all of its own!) so it would be nice if it was a bit paler this year just for some variety!
     
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    We love them however they turn out!!
     
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    Nathan's lost that creamy centre to its leaves and is starting to deepen up the colour in preparation for sunny summer days:

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    We're having a muted moment, but I'm expecting that bright red to start coming through any day now:

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    Bit more sun I think Xi. But the mellow colours are just as nice IMO.
     
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    Hmm, that's true - I did move it so that could well be contributing. Let me give it another few weeks, and if it keeps these subtle colours I might think about slowly migrating it to a sunnier spot again. The joys of container gardening - all that moving things around certainly gives me a workout!
     
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