Japanese maple - scion rootstock combination

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Timon, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. Timon

    Timon New Member

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    Bratislava, Slovakia
    I have an opportunity to buy this beautiful acer very cheap.

    I suppose it was originally an acer shirasawanum grafted onto regular green leaf acer palmatum rootstock. Probably it was neglected for a long time because rootstock was allowed to outgrow the scion - acer shirasawanum.

    I know that in such situations scion tends to loose vigor and eventually die off, however I am wondering if this is the case because both parts of the tree look very vigorous.

    I am wondering if I could air layer the scion - acer shirasawanum (trunk marked with red) and after it puts down the roots I would cut the scion from the rest of the tree. Would this affect rest of the tree. i.e acer palmatum rootstock?

    Many thanks for help

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