Acer palmatum 'Saoshika'

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  1. SSJ_Chris

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    Acer palmatum 'Saoshika'.
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    The star-shaped bright green foliage if this cultivar is of a rather thin and delicate texture. When backlit by the sun it appears almost transparent. The leaves are held out horizontally, making a layered effect in older portions of the plant. The new foliage is a bright yellow green, with the tips of the lobes tinged in red or carmine. This color is promident for the first weeks, and then the leaves gradually change to a uniform light green. as summer advances, the tones darken. The fall color is a stiking golden yellow. Makes a tall bushy shrub. When mature it should reach 3 meters tall by 3 meters wide.
     

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    A beautiful open tree. Lovely light yellow/green spring color.
     

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    This tree catches a lot of peoples eye with its fall for 2013
     

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    Really impressed by this cultivar. I ordered it this spring from Lucile at Whitman Farms, and (due to limitations on space) had to plant it in full sun almost immediately. It scorched a bit, but went on to grow like mad and adjust quite well. Tough tree! The leaves are a great contrasting shape to most of my maples in the yard, and the green is very attractive.
     

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  5. maf

    maf Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    'Saoshika' unfolding leaves and flowers. Might be showing a little nutrient deficiency as hadn't been repotted for a few years (rectified now) and these amoenum types seem to need their root space. Obviously would do better in the ground but I have to limit most of my maples to containers.
     

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  6. Luke’s Maples

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    Very nice pics Maf. I’ve been thinking about this cultivar for quite some time due to the star like leaf shape. Although that can not be seen on yours yet, the pics with flowers are beautiful non the less!
     
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    maf Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Leaves fully opened up now and showing the star shaped leaf as mentioned above. I like how the tips of the leaf lobes often twist 90 degrees or so to the rest of the leaf and refract the light differently, thus enhancing the star effect and looking a different colour to the rest of the leaf when seen under the right light conditions.

    I can't remember if any of the usual books give a translation into English of the Japanese name for this tree, and I don't have my books with me tonight, but if anyone knows what it means I would love to hear. Here are the pictures from today, enjoy:
    IMG_20210610_200433.jpg IMG_20210610_200526.jpg
     
  8. Acerholic

    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    The meaning is Ruffles M and the synonym is Ogashika.
    Those are lovely greens BTW.

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    maf Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Ruffles, that makes sense, maybe ruffles in clothing or the like?

    The leaves are quite translucent when viewed from below which probably explains why the (ruffled?) tips can seem a different colour in the right lighting conditions.
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I expect so M.
     
  11. Xi-feng

    Xi-feng Well-Known Member

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    Sorry D, I can't help myself: going to be a pain and jump on this since I speak Japanese and was curious -- I googled it and looking at this page (the pics do look similar to M's lovely tree, right?) the kanji in the name are...

    小男鹿

    ...which means 'little (male) deer'. Which is super cute too, right?

    もみじの独り言 もみじ「小男鹿(さおしか)」の
     
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    Understood and corrected Xi.

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