Upstart little JM seedling

Discussion in 'Maples' started by Margot, Nov 9, 2019.

  1. Margot

    Margot Contributor

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    Nanoose Bay, BC Canada
    After admiring (and coveting) so many gorgeous maples on this forum, I know it seems presumptuous of me to talk about the unusual seedling that popped up in my garden in 2015. It's likely nothing special although I do think it shows some promise . . . Possible parents are Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’, 'Bloodgood' and ‘Seiryu’.

    JT1 gave me suggestions about how to document its characteristics throughout the growing season which I've been doing since April.
    So far, it distinguishes itself to my untrained eye in 4 ways -
    - strong horizontal growth habit
    - leaves that cup downward
    - early-season burnishing of leaves
    - purple-red bark on older stems and branches
    As it grows, I believe it will be become more distinctive and beautiful.

    Realizing that these traits could be due to cultural influences rather than genetic, I wonder if it would be a good idea to make grafts onto suitable rootstock so I could compare how it grows in different conditions and locations. Maybe grafting on a taller rootstalk would allow more space for branches to grow outwards and downwards? Would it be a good idea to start pruning it so it doesn't grow too wide?

    Thank you for any suggestions.

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  2. LoverOfMaples

    LoverOfMaples Rising Contributor

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    Rhode Island
    Interesting seedling you have. I think its neat.
  3. AlainK

    AlainK Generous Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    nr Orléans, France (E.U.)
    For a 4-year-old tree from seed, it looks very vigorous, that's excellent.

    If I pruned it, I would definitely take cuttings(here, mid-june, end of July), or try air-layers. Since it's on its own roots, I think they would survive.

    Good find, take good care of it ;-)

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