Acer palmatum 'Seiun kaku'

Discussion in 'Acer palmatum cultivars (photos)' started by Gomero, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    This is a real beauty.
    An old Japanese cultivar that is described in the books as a vigorous 'Mikawa yatsubusa', but I find them quite different.

    First the branch arrangement is quite unique for the Seiun. The first two pics, taken today, just as the buds open, show this unique pattern. The major branches are horizontal and the smaller twigs grow vertically, no clipping or pruning involved!!

    Second, and due to that, after the leaves open the plant has an airy look that contrasts with the more compact look of ‘Mikawa yatsubusa’. The next two pics (from April last year) show this.

    Fall colours are shown in the last pic.

    I must say that it took some time (3 years in the ground in my garden) for the plant to get into this shape, so one has to be patient.

    To summarize, a cultivar with a lot of personality and unique features that I strongly recommend.

    Gomero
     

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  2. whis4ey

    whis4ey Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Most unusual growth
    I like that ......
     
  3. NJACER

    NJACER Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Gomero,

    This is a great tree. I did a quick search and did not find any US locations that offer this cultivar. Mountain Maples has it listed on their site but not available. Thanks for showing us this cultivar. will keep searching to add to my garden.

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  4. Houzi

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    I wonder if anyone can help? I bought one of these last year,not very big and doesn't yet show any signs of the unusual growth habit shown here.However it does have stems that look like two fused together.I distinctly remember someone mentioning this on this forum but it's obviously not on this thread.Have I got a mislabelled plant?....ring any bells?...cheers
     
  5. maplesandpaws

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    Very unique habit, looks like it might be ideal for bonsai... How does the leaf size compare to Mikawa yatsubusa?
     
  6. Aisya

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    Beautiful, and I love the arching habit,

    Thanks for sharing Gomero!
     
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    patdero1 Active Member Maple Society

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    Nice fall colors
     

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  8. Aisya

    Aisya Member

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    Thats lovely patdero
     
  9. Trey Dowdey

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    Here's my AP Seiun Kaku this year:
     

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    Same plant - now Spring 2020.
     

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