New hybrid?

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  1. Gomero

    Gomero Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Visiting an arboretum recently I noticed at their tiny nursery that they had for sale a maple with huge leaves labelled Acer miyabei (pictured below to the left with the 'New hybrid' label).Clearly, the plant was not what the label said so I inquired with the owner who claimed that it was a seedling from a samara hand picked from their very old A. miyabei. I went to the place where the miyabei stand and, looking around, I saw at a distance an Acer macrophyllum.

    The owner claims that she never picks up macrophyllum seeds and sell's only miyabei's. It is true that a stray macrophyllum seed in a bed of Miyabei's would be easily spotted, they are quite different. But I have a hard time finding any miyabei's traits. When I use De Langhe's keys I always conclude on macrophyllum ID.
    Any thoughts?

    Gomero
     

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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Really looks like macrophyllum to me.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I'd agree with a stray windblown Acer macrophyllum seed in the seedbed.
     

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