History of A. palmatum 'Boskoop Glory'

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Ron B, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    WA USA (Z8)
    Recently I noticed some print references I have here do not agree:

    Jacobson 1996:

    "Greer nursery of Oregon, since [before/during]1985, has sold this atropurpureum cultivar"

    Van Gelderen/Van Gelderen 1999:

    "Named and introduced by Greer Gardens, Oregon, in 1985"

    Vertrees/Gregory 2001:

    "The origins of this red cultivar are uncertain except, contrary to its name, it did not originate directly from the Netherlands. It is possible it was selected and named at Wright's Nursery in Canby, Oregon, now no longer operating"

    Vertrees/Gregory 2007:

    "The name honors the town in the Netherlands where the nursery is located that introduced this plant"

    Presumably the attribution to Greer Gardens would be based on catalog listings. The curious part is the contradictory statements in the two versions of Vertrees/Gregory. Did something come to light recently that established its origins as in fact being a nursery in Boskoop?
  2. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    San Joaquin Valley, California
    I think you are going to have to contact the
    various parties such as Harold Greer, Dick
    van Gelderen and Peter Gregory and find
    out what they know of this Maple. There
    should not be a conflict as to the plants
    origin if the Maples of the World book
    suggests the plant did not come from
    the Netherlands, as far as they knew
    at the time of publication. That does
    not mean that someone else in the
    Netherlands may not have grown this
    Maple and wasn't given credit for its
    naming as the originating source.

    As you are well aware, various plant
    societies and in print publications have
    cited as their reference the name of a
    plant by who first offered it for resale.
    This does not mean that the plant was
    named or was originally grown by that
    person but credit was given to them by
    virtue of them having the first documented
    reference to it from their nursery catalogs.
    What are now considered old Maples from
    Japan were listed as being available in the
    late 1800's Yokohama nursery catalogs but
    not all of those Maples that served as the
    first documented names of those plants,
    that we know of, came from or originated
    from that nursery. Much like today in some
    circles, a group of people and/or a consortium
    of nurseries have joined forces to outlet their
    plants from one primary source for export
    rather than from a few to several, individual
    sources. Think of how some mail order
    nurseries that offer the plant for resale but
    do not grow it may have had to work things
    and have to resort to going to their source
    for that plant that does grow it to secure one
    to fill the order.


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