Does Shishigashira ever seed?

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  1. guy

    guy Member

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    Title says it all really, I've never seen seed on Acer palmatum 'Shishigashira'. Just wondering if it ever does throw seed - might be some interesting variants.

    Cheers
    Guy.
     
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    NJACER Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Guy,

    I have four planted in my garden and one tree produces seed every year. I posted a picture in the Shishigashira photo thread back showing these seeds. You need to click on the photo to see the seed. I did not have a close up lenz at the time and I will try to remember to get a better shot this year. I have attached a few pictures that may be better of the seed

    This is the link http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=2209

    Ed
     

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    Thanks Ed,

    Seems it would be a good one to play around with if you were looking for new cultivars.
     
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    NJACER Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Guy,

    I checked the dates on the pictures and they were taken in May. I have not seen any fall seed. I have been keeping a close look for interesting plants coming up in the bed under the tree and I have only been getting those pesty variegated seedlings.

    Ed
     
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    katsura Active Member 10 Years

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    Guy & Ed,
    I had this same question on my lips for several years until last October a friend of mine's
    Shishigashari was loaded with seeds and they are very easy to germinate because I got lots of
    seedlings this Spring from those seeds. All have wavy, creased leaves and are quite short.
    I will keep you up on how they grow out. I looked at many Shishigashari trees including a big one
    I have and never saw 1 seed til that one in October and ironically that one was teeming with samaras.
    Mike
     

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