Acer palmatum 'Shaina'

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  1. Elmore

    Elmore Active Member 10 Years

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    Here are a couple of shots of Acer palmatum 'Shaina'. This is a witches' broom that many have said came from a 'Bloodgood' but according to the text in "Japanese Maples" it came from an Acer palmatum f. atropurpureum and was discovered by the late Richard P. Wolff. I don't think it is the easiest to grow but I am trying it. I grafted a few of these in the summer of 2002 or maybe 2001. These pictures were made in June of 2003.
     

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    I have a fine specimen growing in a pot on my uper deck in full sun.It loves the heat and is doing real well .
     

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    I love the variety of color Shaina shows in summer
     

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    I have been told, by the grower, these are full grown. They continue to set leaves every spring, but they have almost no new shoots.
     

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    I have a 4yr. old in full sun, 10 hours, a day. It stays red all year, never greens out. I would not have believed it in zone 7b/8a.
     
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    Photos taken 5/15/05
     

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    why does the Acer palmatum 'Shaina' stay red al year round?
     
  8. jhayes5032

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    Shaina, in my opinion does best in full sun-no leafburn on mine and much more lasting color than when it was in shade
     

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    Autumn : orange and green
    Summer : red and green
    Spring : red
     

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    Thanks, I do love the sun.
    Shaina
    *the once little girl this variety was named after.
     
  11. chimera

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    Shaina- Welcome, and you're a sport ,too, would assume. Well respected tree worldwide, it seems. Good spot to place your first post. Could you tell us more about it in regards to origination or anything you would think interesting or relevant? thank you.
     
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    Acer palm. 'Shaina'
     

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    Here is a pic of my Shaina. It holds this very nice red color most of the year. Last year was very hot here, many days over 90 and even 100 degrees. This particular tree gets a lot of full sun and as a result a couple of branches died this past summer. I just pruned it and I think it will rebound nicely.
     

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    Re: Acer palm. 'Shaina'

    Here is my Shaina. Not a big specimen and slow growing, but very bushy and perfect for container culture.
     

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    Re: Acer palm. 'Shaina'

    Just having a look at the Acer forums and came across these pictures of A.palmatum Shaina.
    I understood that Shaina was identifiable by the central lobe being shorter than the other lobes. However the only book that mentions this,to my knowledge,is:
    The Gardener's Guide to Growing Maples. by James G.S.Harris.
    For many years Mr Harris has owned and run Mallet Court Nursery in the U.K.
     
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    Re: Acer palm. 'Shaina'

    For comparison sake, in my yard over the course of the summer Shaina is pretty consistent in color with Inaba Shidare (both with sun until about noon). However, since the leaves on Shania are so densely layered, I notice a lot of green in the shaded portions - clearly it won't hold it's color without decent sun.

    Shaina is a favorite (but I tend to favor dwarves). I just got an Aratama last week and am anxious to compare the two.
     
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    I agree with Blake, my shaina was in full sun and it was red, however, I moved it to a new location (morning sun, afternoon shade) and now it shows green parts on shaded portions. See pics taken today.

    Nelson
     

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    Vertrees notes that the shoots "become shorter and thicker when established." This particular photo was taken October 17, 2007 of a plant about 7 years old. I fear that some of the photos on this thread are not of Shaina, and that's a shame, because Shaina is a dense and compact dark red stunner in the spring, getting darker in summer, and then turning red with supplementary other colors in autumn. It's a stunning plant deserving of a place of distinction in the garden.
     

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    For some reason Acer palmatum Shaina has proved a difficult one for us to grow. The first 3 just died for no obvious reason. (A passion for maples can get very expensive!!)
    Sadly, it is not the best shaped one, but I hope in time it will improve.
    This one was planted in full sun in April 2007.
    Thought you might like to share this pic of it in a mixed shrub bed.
     

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    This Shaina is one of 3 in my yard. It has a nice variety of colors right now.
     

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    here is one of my Shaina changing into its fall color, This tree is about 5' and is in a 45 gallon pot
     

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    The tree looks great in spring, I just wish it did not suffer so much dieback
     

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    Here's a picture of our Shaina. It's been in place about 4 years. I was quite surprised when I mentioned it to a gardening expert. He said he was also a geneticist - and that Shaina's characteristics (dwarf size, & capacity to grow in full sun) are the result of it being infected (or perhaps that should be existing in symbiosis with) a virus. I said that it sounded like a very beneficial virus indeed.
     

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    My Shaina was, I thought, in a perfect location. It thrived for the first three years and showed vigorous growth and beauty. Then over the two following years it experienced considerable die-back which I clipped off, and then it just totally and suddenly died on me. I have no idea why. All other trees in that vicinity are thriving. But hey, we've all had this experience. I think I'll buy a new one and see how it performs.
    mapledia
     

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