Japanese Maple I.D.

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  1. Wanda4

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    Hi everyone - I've been avidly reading through the archives of posts to the 'Maples' board & really enjoying the information & pictures contained in it. I live in Oregon, about 40 miles SE of Portland & have recently been bitten by the JP bug!

    My sister has a lovely little Acer palmatum in her yard (yes, I plan to take pictures) about 4 feet high, growing under big Oak trees. It's really beautiful & the previous owner to her property was an avid plant person. But we don't know the name of it! Imagine that! :-) In the spring, it has bright red-orange leaves on red bark & as the season wears on it goes to a salmon shade & then a light green leaf. Very pretty. In the fall it turns another shade of darker salmon & bright yellow (If I remember correctly!)

    In Vertree's 3rd ed. I find one called 'Chishio' & one called 'Chishio Improved' & the descriptions are very similar to her tree.

    Does anyone have a photo of a more mature tree? Hers is about 10 years old as far as we know.

    Thanks for any help & I'll get the photos for you soon!

    Wanda
     
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    Here are some photos taken 4/21/05:
    The first one is showing the placement (under oak trees). The second pic shows the
    leaves up closer. From a distance it looks like a Mollis azalea in bloom!

    Wanda
     

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    And here are some photos taken 5/3/05. The leaves have opened up more.
    I will be taking some photos throughout the rest of the season. And I'll try to
    remember to take a ruler with me next time!

    Thanks for looking!
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    Andre Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Can you also post a close up on a leaf where the petiole is visible ?

    That would help.
     
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    Thank you, Andre, for trying to help me identify this lovely little tree! Here are some more pictures - taken today. One is of the general color of the leaves now (they change almost daily) & the other 2 are branches (front & back) scanned directly into the computer. I will post the pictures of the leaf front & back with the next post to keep the download size small. I'm on a dial-up connection, so I know how sllllooowww it can be. :-)

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    And here are pictures (scanned in directly) of the front & back of one of the more mature leaves. Left is leaf front, right is back of same leaf.

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    Andre Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Chishio (blood in japanese) is supposed to be "brilliant scarlet when unfolding" with a tinge of orange. So it's difficult to be sure at this time but yours seems to be a Chishio.

    Post some other pictures in fall and we'll try to find out. ;-)
     
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    Yes, I plan to do that! Thanks!

    There is a photo of 'Chisio Improved in the Maple Photo Album - I found these photos by doing a search on "chisio". I'm not sure how to link to that post. Any tips would be appreciated.

    I think my sister's is the same tree.

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