identify this specimen??

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  1. Otto Bjornson

    Otto Bjornson Contributor

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    I need help from the experts!
    Going to transplant this Japanese maple from the container into the garden tomorrow. Going to make a video as well.
    A brief history:
    This is the only cultivator that we do not have identified on our property. Years ago my neighbor had purchased this type of variety and I grafted a number of trees from it. There was no label on the the tree.
    It is a dwarf upright grower, very similar to the orido nishiki, but the coloration is verigated orange / green right from the early spring start and thru out the summer months into the fall. A dull crimson fall coloring each year to finish things off.
    It currently is about 15 years old in the pot , only about 1 1/2 meters tall, and it will be transplanted into the garden tomorrow.
    We have always called it George as that was my neighbors name.
    Thanks for any help with the identification
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Good morning Otto, my thoughts are of Beni shichihenge.
     
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    maf Generous Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    I agree, looks like 'Beni shichihenge', I don't think there is much else that has the orange tone to the variegation, especially not 20+ years ago. The picture in the second edition of Vertrees looks very like your picture @Otto Bjornson but they have changed it for a different photo in the latest edition. They have changed the description somewhat as well, I think the original description is worth quoting here for those who do not have access to the original Vertrees text:
    I believe shichihenge is the accepted spelling nowadays but in the past has been spelled schichihenge and shishihenge.
     
  4. Otto Bjornson

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    @Acerholic and @maf
    Thank you both very much!
    We gave our 2nd edition of Vertree's book to a close friend and have only held onto the 3rd edition.
    I do see a photo in the 3rd edition as well on page 122, but the photo shows a much more red tone with the green. I guess that is what really threw me off.
    And thanks for the accepted spelling as well, looks like a bit of a tongue twister to pronounce but I'll do my best
     
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    here is the new video:
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Great advice, and good to see how maple-savvy people will repot, or slip-pot, or transplant and keep a tree healthy when others would say it's acomplete no-no ! ;^)

    Great job again, Otto. Thumbs up.
     
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