Acer palmatum 'Novum'

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  1. mapledia

    mapledia Active Member

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    I understand from Vertrees that this upright plant is more often known in Europe as "Atropurpureum Novum" or "Roscoe Red." I happened upon this plant two years ago, and last year (2006) it wasn't outstanding. This year, however, it seemed to come into its own (it's a 3-year old tree, about 4 feet tall). It leafed out deep intense red and once the leaves unfurled, it showed a bright medium red color. As the spring progressed, the leaves became a bit lighter, with just a touch of orange. In the autumn, it's a brilliant red of an intensity that almost hurts one's eyes. I like Novum because it's a different red from most other acer palmatums. This photo was taken April 29, 2007, and the tree is in bright direct sunlight from late morning until mid-afternoon each day.
     

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    NJACER Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I would have to agree that the color of this cultivar is diferent than the other reds in my garden. I purchased the tree in 1995 under the name Rosco Red as mentioned above and in Vertrees. It is a nice addition to the garden.

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    This one is on my wish list for this year. A.p. 'Yezo nishiki' is also a different red color. It will be interesting to compare the two.

    If you want a really unique color, try A.p. 'Edna Bergan'. Its a bronze with pink overlay - hard to describe, totally different, but definitely lovely. I got a lot of comments on that tree this summer. The fall color was also a bonus - screaming scarlet.
     
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    winterhaven Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    So how it is different?

    I've got one last red spot close to the house in Acer Alley and I've narrowed it to Oshio Beni, Novum/Roscoe Red, and Wetumpka Red. The spot is fairly shady. I'm hoping for color throughout the growing season. Any thoughts?

    PS. The photos you've already posted are very attractive!
     
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    Well, in my garden Novum is more of a brick red, but very vibrant. It's unusual and holds color long and well. It's a real star in my garden in both spring and fall. I'm not familiar with Oshio Beni, but I do have Wetumpka Red in a rather shady location in my garden, and it's not that exciting. Of the two, I'd definitely go with Novum.

    Mapledia
     
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    I just bought a Novum Red and am also looking at Wetumpka, which I will probably pick up in Spring. Just a guess, but I think your Wetumpka Red was not "exciting" because it prefers a lot more sunlight?

    Steve


     
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    Steve,

    I suspect you're right. I'm planning to move my Wetumpka Red to a sunnier location this winter to see if it performs better there. It's been disappointing so far, but location is everything.

    Mapledia
     

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