Many Maple choices:

Discussion in 'Maples' started by EPP1950, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. EPP1950

    EPP1950 Active Member

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    I recently found this list of 400 Maples being offered for sale,in a nursery liquidation sale, the trees are three to four years old most in three to five gallon containers.

    orido nishiki
    shin deshojo
    red dragon
    murasaki kiyohime
    beni fushigi
    peaches n cream
    purple ghost
    aka kawa hime
    ara kawa
    pink lace
    red spider
    kagari nishiki
    tsuma beni
    waterfall
    germaines gyration
    pacific fire
    red filigree lace

    3 and 5 Gallon List
    AS AUREUM
    AS AUTUMN MOON
    ARA KAWA
    BALDSMITH
    BENI MAIKO
    BENI FUSHIGI
    BENI OTAKE
    BEWLEY'S RED LACE
    BONFIRE/SEIGEI
    CALICO
    COONARA PYGMY
    CRIMSON QUEEN
    GERMAINE
    GREEN HORNET
    GREEN FILIGREE
    INABA SHIDARE
    KAMAGATA
    KASAGI YAMA
    KASHIMA
    KINRAN
    KINSHI
    KOTO MARU
    KOTO NO ITO
    MIKAWA YATSUBUSA
    OCTOPUS
    ORANGE DREAM
    ORIDONO NISHIKI
    PEACHES N' CREAM
    RED PYGMY
    RED SPIDER
    RED DRAGON
    SANGU KAKU
    SEIRYU
    SHARP'S PYGMY
    SHIDAVA GOLD
    SHIN DESHOJO
    SHISHIO HIME
    STELLA ROSSA
    TAMA HIME
    TAMUKEYAMA
    TOYAMA NISHIKI
    UENO HOMARE
    UENO YAMA
    WILSON'S PINK DWARF

    As a relative newcomer to Japanese Maples, I'm overwhelmed by this list with little time currently to research them, and leafing out is probably four to six weeks away, so choosing by appearance only isn't an option.
    I'm hoping for some opinions as to which of the of these trees you would choose if you had the opportunity. I currently have a: red lace leaf (variety unknown), a Sango Kaku planted next to it and A.P. Osakazuki and Mikawa Yatsubusa in containers.
    EPP
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    What characteristics are you looking for?
     
  3. Kaitain4

    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    These are pretty standard varieties - nothing really unusual. Looks like there are 50 some-odd cultivars here. I would offer to buy one of each at some ridiculously low price and see what happens. Go for the gold!
     
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    I'm not looking for any particular characteristics right now, I'm drawn to form of some trees and seem to enjoy variegated varieties, have areas of our yard that are fully shaded, to areas that receive eight or nine hours of sun.
     
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    What would be your offer, the orginal ad offered buy ten trees priced from $10 to $20 each (most at $10) and get five trees free.
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I'd offer 5 bucks each
     
  7. maf

    maf Generous Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    I haven't grown all of those by a long shot, but I have heard of all of them, and there does not seem to be a bad one amongst them. Some personal favourites that I would not like to be without:

    shin deshojo - vivid bright red in spring
    murasaki kiyohime - great low dwarf with attractive spring foliage
    red filigree lace - small growing dissectum with very finely cut foliage
    AS Aureum
    Coonara Pygmy - Nice witches broom type with very small leaves
    Inaba shidare - good red dissectum
    Kasagi yama
    Kinran
    Sango kaku
    Seiryu (these last two grow larger than most of the others I listed)

    At that price it would be tempting to buy a whole load of them and sit back and pick your favourites over the next few years while they are still small.
     
  8. rufretic

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    So what did you pick? I wish I could find a good deal on some of those, mind sharing :-)
     
  9. mattlwfowler

    mattlwfowler Active Member Maple Society

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    For variegated I like: Orido"no" nishiki, Kasagiyama, maybe peaches and cream or kagiri nishiki
    For form I like: Germaine's gyration, red dragon, green hornet, kamagata
    I also like: Autumn moon, Shin deshojo, Koto no ito (whether or not is koto ito komachi (japan) or true koto no ito they are both nice), Bewley's red (don't have it but wish I did), Red spider (don't have it either but looks good)
     
  10. amazingmaples

    amazingmaples Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Most likely they are stuff which needs to go away and does not have great value. there is a reason the great wholesale nurseries buy from a handfull of select grafters, they can not afford to buy trees which are just not quite top notch. I have learn the hard way about buying the right trees and over the last year or so i gave away truck loads of low end trees.
    With all this, it is all up to what you want from your trees. If just want ok trees than all fine and dandy, buy away, they all are great varieties to own. if you want the special japanese maple trees, you will find thay do not come cheap or in big truck loads.
     
  11. Sam268

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    For those who has patience, it would be a great bargain.
    I agree with Amazingmaples and feel the same way.
    I rather have 1 great good looking specimen tree rather than 10-20 little 2-3 gallon trees
    I am done with little grafts and little 1-2 gallons
    I have been hanging on to a lot of little 2-3 gallons for years and I just don't get the enjoyment out of them like I would with 1 big good looking specimen.
     

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