Acer palmatum 'Purple Ghost'

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  1. mapledia

    mapledia Active Member

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    This photo of my Purple Ghost was taken May 5, 2008. The colors on all my maples this year are a little strange because we've had frost almost every night even into early May this year. About 90% of my maples are 3-4 weeks behind last year's leafing out dates, and this delay has produced brighter colors in some but lesser colors in others this spring. By the way, the yellow leaf in this photo is the underside of an adjacent leaf illuminated by late afternoon sun.
     

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  2. Maple_Lady

    Maple_Lady Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi all,

    I am attaching a pic of my purple ghost from last year next to a first ghost. Enjoy! Sam
     

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    That's a good shot of both plants...I can't wait to order Purple Ghost! David
     
  4. eq72521

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    Here is a picture of my Purple ghost, a 2yr now. Leafed out late and with smaller leaves than I remember. I wonder if it stressed out this winter with all the snow and ice. The bark looks hardy, with no dieback except the terminal bud at top.

    This gets currently about 3-4 hours of sun in the AM.

    Mike
     

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    Hey, it's nice to see another Mainah here.

    I wonder if the kind of spring we've had -- quite cool and breezy, with very few really warm days, at least up here off Penobscot Bay -- might have inhibited the leafing-out? (I'm in a brand-new place and had no Japanese maples in the ground over the winter, so I can't offer any personal comparisons.)

    Also, is that a nursery pot sunk in the ground that the tree is growing in? If so, might that have constricted root development and had some kind of dwarfing effect?
     
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    kaspian,
    Actually, that's a liner cut up and used to pile mulch around the base of the trunk, but not against it. It's in a 3 gallon pot.
    For comparison, the First Ghost, same age, has grown about a foot or so on multiple trunks, the grandma ghost, not the same, but has quite large leaves. The purple ghost is not so vigourous yet, but I will admit to repotting it two weeks later than the First and grandma ghost.

    Most of my maple are in pots, as I keep them in fairly light soil, and can move them around during the spring summer to suit them best. I bury them late fall in the ground. This year the snow actually compacted to ice in the last 3-4 inches (as you may have seen), and this I think got some maples roots too moist, or dry (little melt through?), not sure. Definetely lost a few branches this winter, but I am over it.
     
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    Hello all,
    Well, I just got in my Purple Ghost last friday (thank you thank you thank you SAM!!!!!) It is absolutely gorgeous. I love it!!!!!! It is probably my favorite Ghost so far--I just need to get the other ones to make sure! Here it is:
     

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  8. Maple_Lady

    Maple_Lady Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi David,

    Great pics! You are the mapleman. Sam
     
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    Hey Sam,
    Thanks! I hope that it will have many more seasons to grow...and it will get prettier every year! Truly a wonderful maple!

    ~Mapleman (LOL)
     
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    Those leaves are so pretty :)
     
  11. Cirque

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    My "Purple Ghost" went from the orange reds of the early spring to this deep dark chocolate purple. Is any one else seeing the same?? This is my first year with this tree. It has been in a pot in part sun. Just curious. I really didn't expect it to be so dark. Let me know.

    Cirque
     

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    My experience with Purple Ghost is that it seems to show some variability in color and texture from year to year. The first photo on the left was taken May 7, 2006 when this particular cultivar was newly transplanted, and the color seems similar to what Cirque is experiencing now. The second photo was taken of the same plant on July 10, 2007, and as you can see, the colors are totally different, but of course it's moved to summer mode by July. This is a dramatic plant, something of a Diva.
     

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    Cirque--I am having similar colors, and I have only had it for a week and a half! I have seen many pictures, though, and I think that you are all right. Purple Ghost darkens by midsummer (given enough sun) and should stay that way for most, if not all of, the year.

    David
     
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    One more thing: The colors that I have above on post #32 have darkened considerably since then and are now darker, more like your color.
     
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    Purple Ghost taken July 17, wonderful new growth.
     

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    Nice color Cirque, it reminds me sort of Kasagiyama spring color, which just happens to be it's parent...I think that it may be one of my favorites!

    Regards,
    David
     
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    Another shot of my Purple Ghost. It has the most vigorous summer growth of any of my maples. Amazing!!

    Cirque
     

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    Hi Cirque,

    Thank you for sharing your pics of this special ghost. The new growth color is quite exquisite. It is one of my favorites also. Sam
     
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    I agree with several posts above that Purple Ghost color can be variable.
    I've had one for 4 years, it is 6 ft tall & broad now and only this year 2008
    has the tree had the spectacular dark purple-red seen in the classic pictures
    in the books. The tree is in full sun til 4-5PM and it gets hot here 85-105 and
    yet only in the last week of July has the tree begun to lose its color with leaves
    turning reddish with an orange center (looks like sugar depletion with accumulated
    heat). I gave up thinking this Purple Ghost would turn purple but this year the tree
    was gorgeous and held its color stubbornly despite direct sun May, June, July which
    also surprised me. It is good to be surprised - as I like to say our trees don't read the
    books! It became one of my favorite cultivars in 2008.
     
  20. Cirque

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    Ok, I can't help it! Here's another pic of the new growth on my Purple Ghost. I really think that if someone twisted my arm and I had to choose, Purple Ghost would have to be my favorite this year!!........well...........maybe...........there are SO MANY!

    Cirque
     

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    Hello Cirque,

    Those leaves are gorgeous. I don't have any "ghosts" yet..but will probably start collecting those soon. My question here is..in your pic in post #42, what is the maple to the right of your Purple Ghost?

    Elle
     
  22. Maple_Lady

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    Hi all,

    Yep Purple Ghost has to be one of my favs especially when it first leaves out in the spring. Plenty of sun ensures the best purple foliage - drop dead gorgeous. Sam
     

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    Hi Sam,

    Yes, this Ghost seems to be a favorite. I think that this one and Amber Ghost have to be my favorites of the Ghosts...although they are all pretty. I just wanted to ask you (Sam) if your P. Ghosts are greening out a little bit. Mine is in almost full sun, taking it quite well for down here, but some of the leaves are almost all green! It looks spectacularly variegated, but where did the deep chocolate-purple go on some of the leaves?

    David
     
  24. Cirque

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    Hi Elle, the maple to the right of "Purple Ghost' is 'Mikawa yatsubusa'.

    Cirque
     
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    Hi Cirque...

    Thought so...but wasn't 100% sure. Thanks!

    Elle
     

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