Identification: Japanese Maple ID

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  1. James Wallace

    James Wallace New Member

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    Hi

    I have two unidentified maples. One was in the garden when we bought the house. It has a green trunk and light yellow / green leaves throughout Summer which are now turning crimson. It suffered bad leaf scorch this Summer so I am trying to find out what it is to help decide whether to try moving it.

    The other is round the corner and has turned a wonderful orange / crimson and I'm hoping to identify to purchase for my garden. Sorry the picture is so poor - can take more if needed.

    Many thanks for your help!

    James
     

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  2. ADAM RADLEY

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    Image 1 looks like Acer Japonicum 'Aconitifolium'
     
  3. JT1

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    I second Acer Japonicum 'Aconitifolium'.

    The other would be Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' based on form, green bark color, yellow almost white scorched leaves, and blotchy fall colors. This variety does not tolerate afternoon Summer sun. Morning sun with afternoon shade is ideal.

    Did you see the spring colors as the leaves emerge? Where they orange colored?
     
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  4. AlainK

    AlainK Well-Known Member Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    I don't have "Acer Japonicum 'Aconitifolium'", but from what I saw on various sources on the web, the leaves of yours look more like an Acer palmatum of some kind. See for instance :
    Acer japonicum
    Or:
    Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

    "Aconitifolium" means that the leaves ressemble the leaves of Aconitum, which I don't find is the case in the photos you posted.

    Aconitum - Wikipedia

    To me it looks more like some kind of Acer palmatum ssp amoenum cultivar...
     
  5. ROEBUK

    ROEBUK Well-Known Member Maple Society

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    Defo some type of Palmatum maybe Sazanami ?? , any way here are three pics of my Acontifolium, Spring , Summer and Fall cannot say they are similar.
     

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    AlainK Well-Known Member Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    (Beautiful pics by the way...)
     
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    You both realize that the original post is of two different trees. Open the first picture and zoom in and you will see the leaves are not palmatum.(or to my eye anyways) Photos 2-4 are palmatum and my educated guess was orange dream.
     
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    ROEBUK Well-Known Member Maple Society

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    Shot down yet again.....
     
  9. ADAM RADLEY

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    Zoom in and Image 1 is not a typical palmate leaf.
    Pretty sure it is a 'Aconitifolium'
    Also known as 'Dancing Peacock'
    'Maiku jaku'
    See second image for an example of this cultivar.
     

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  10. AlainK

    AlainK Well-Known Member Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Oh, yes: I just clicked on the photo, but when you click on the link and look at the full-size picture, the details of the leaves are clearer.

    So you're right, it might well be 'Aconitifolium'.
     

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