Acer palmatum 'Windover'

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  1. Kaitain4

    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I found this at a specialty nursery, and it was a variety I had never seen before. In fact, I can find no info on it at all!! The nursery owner said it has nice yellow fall color and stays dense and small - 6' to 8' max.

    It almost looks like is has some subtle variegation in the leaves. I also like the bushiness of this plant - very stocky and tree-like.
     

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    Neat tree K4.

    I can't find one word about 'Windover' either. If I were you, I'd pester the specialty nursery until they told me where they got it. Then just follow that trail. I love a good mystery!

    I did that once when I was trying to find out about 'Van den Akker'. I ended up talking to a member of the Van den Akker family! Pretty neat.
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    UPDATE:

    Fall pics of A.p. 'Windover'
     

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I thought I would post some updated pics from this spring.

    So far, A.p. 'Windover' seems to be a quite vigorous, yet dense growing tree. It may be a semi-dwarf, but I find it hard to call it a dwarf. The leaves are medium sized and spaced out somewhat along the branch.

    A pleaseant surprise was the new growth, which I failed to capture a picture of. It is quite striking in a salmon-pink color. You can see the last of it in the picture from this morning.
     

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    UPDATE:

    I finally found out where this plant came from! It was introduced by Brian Upchurch of Highland Creek Nursery. This cultivar was discovered growing on his in-laws property in North Carolina, which is called Windover Farm. The mother tree is about 20 years old and 12 feet high. It still retains its "lollipop" form with a straight trunk and dense, bushy, rounded crown. A delightful selection.
     
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    That is interesting info K4. Nice looking plant. I'm going to go and see if it made the "checklist"!
     
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    Very lovely tree. I still can't find any info on this one. @Kaitain4 are you still growing this one and do you graft?
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Yes, my tree is about 7-8 ft tall now. I do graft on occasion.
     
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    @Kaitain4 I would love to see updated pics of this beauty if possible.
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I may have an old one. I’ll check. This year we had a late freeze and all my maples took a hit. Most of the leaves either fell off and never grew back, or they were partially scorched and stayed on, or a combination of both. So most of my trees look somewhat threadbare at present.

    I found 1 closeup of fall color. Will look some more later.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the hit your maples took. We had two hail storms that damaged a few of mine this year.

    So whatever pics you can find I will be happy to see. Thanks @Kaitain4
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Here’s one from this morning. It’s normally much more dense. 1BAF91C0-8BEE-4F43-AF19-9141004E7444.jpeg I grafted a couple this morning on some marginal understock. We’ll have to wait til spring to know if they’re any good.
     
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    @Kaitain4, good afternoon, can I ask, is that the same tree as the 2009 photo? Lovely mature specimen whichever it is.
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Yes it is. It has grown quite a bit.
     
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    Hey sounds good. I hope they take I'm definitely interested. It has matured nicely. Looks like a very nice understory spot as well.
     
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    @Kaitain4, the beauty of photos that tell the trees story. An 'impressive' maple.
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I did manage to find a photo of Windover in fall colors. This is probably 5 years ago. It’s a very strong yellow, almost ‘School Bus Yellow’
    in a good year. It does exhibit blocks and flecks of red in the leaves as well, and I had a graft of it once that turned all red in the fall. So, the color may have something to do with sun exposure. This is a very CB1A2776-F8D0-40AD-97E4-9E2D1FCED56F.jpeg neat tree, that seems to have grown fairly evenly even though it is in the shade of a huge oak. I did tip prune if for a few years just to keep it balanced, but haven’t touched in 6 or 7 years. Let’s hope for the best on the grafts.
     
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    Those yellow leaves are stunning. I think its in the prefect spot. The pics you just posted and the one from Nov 08 have done it for me.
     

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