Identification: ID help, please

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  1. Schattenfreude

    Schattenfreude Active Member

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    Hello all,

    I received this maple probably 8-10 years ago as a thin 4' twig from an eBay seller. He was calling this a Korean maple, Acer pseudosieboldianum from what I see here online. However, my tree has never turned shades of red or orange---- only the gorgeous yellow that you see in the pics below. Nor are there hints of purple during the summer on the green leaves. Is this indeed a Korean maple?

    Thanks in advance,
    Kevin in KC
     

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  2. DougieMapleSeed

    DougieMapleSeed Active Member

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    Does it have purple flowers in the spring?
     
  3. Schattenfreude

    Schattenfreude Active Member

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    I honestly don't recall seeing any flowers on her. I'll have to look closer this spring. If it does indeed have purple flowers, is it a Korean Maple?

    Kevin in KC
     
  4. DougieMapleSeed

    DougieMapleSeed Active Member

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    Quote from Wikipedia:

    "The flowers they produce are white with purple bracts. New growth produces white, sticky hairs. This distinguishes them from the similar looking ‘’Acer sieboldianum’’ which does not have these hairs."
     
  5. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Both A. pseudosieboldianum (aka Korean maple) and A. sieboldianum have brilliant red fall colors. You say you bought the seedling from a seller that labelled it Korean maple. This seller may have indeed collected the seeds from a true A. pseudosieboldianum grown in the US in a park/garden/arboretum containing many other maples but he may have not known that it hybridizes readily with other maples of the section palmata. Thus I think you may have a hybrid maple where one of the parents could well be A. pseudosieboldianum.

    Gomero
     

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