Butterfly variegation

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Fabrice, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Fabrice

    Fabrice Active Member Maple Society

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    Hi all,

    I have noticed on my little Acer P. Butterfly that some leaves are all out, almost fully developped but uniformly green whereas those which have'nt fully leaved out yet have their white variegation.

    Do you think it is normal ? It's a young tree, 3/4 years.

    Regards,

    Fabrice.
     
  2. emery

    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi Fabrice,

    It is common enough on variegated palmatums (among others) for new vigorous growth to flush out a uniform green. Similarly others, like some strap-leafs, will have leaves that resemble the regular species on such growth. Typically when this wood leafs out next year it will have the desired characteristics.

    There is certainly a possibility of reversion with the less stable cultivars, but I would always wait for next year to decide whether to cut back.

    If this isn't in our FAQ it probably should be.

    cheers,

    -E
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2011
  3. Fabrice

    Fabrice Active Member Maple Society

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    Thanks Emery !
     

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