Yellow Bird?

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  1. Kaitain4

    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    About this time of year I start looking at all the maple vendors to see if I might find something new to satisfy my obsession. One thing that caught my eye this time through was A. p. 'Yellow Bird'. I currently have this cultivar, bought from Topiary Gardens, and I love it. However, other vendors seem to be offering a completely different plant and calling it "Yellow Bird'.

    Whitman Farms has it listed as:

    They also have a picture with a lacy green-leaved tree.

    Greer Gardens has it similarly described as:



    Neither of these descriptions or photos match the plant I have. First of all, there is nothing lacy about the leaves. Second, they don't turn yellow in the fall - they turn an amazing orange-red. Here's how Topiary Gardens describes it:

    World Plants also offers this tree, and they display picutres consistant with my plant and describe it thus:



    So which one is it folks??? Very different trees being shown here...
     
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    alex66 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    my Yellow Bird is like Topary Gardens description :-)
     
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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Thanks Alex! Maybe the new Vertrees book will have a description, I'm hoping. That would be nice.
     
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    Here is a picture of the Yellow Bird I got this spring from Greer Gardens.
     

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    Kaitain4 Well-Known Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    OK, I decided to order a 'Yellowbird' from the West Coast and see how it compared with my 2 year old 'Yellowbird' from Topiary Gardens. As you can see from the pictures, we clearly have two different trees with this name being sold right now. The one on the left is the East Coast variant, with leaves simlar to 'Hogyoku'. The one on the right is the West Coast variant, and is decidedly NOT like 'Hoguoku'. Which is the true 'Yellowbird'?? Does anyone know where this tree originated? It is not listed in Vertrees.
     

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    mine from www.esveld.nl is similar if not egual to left leave.
     
  7. mjh1676

    mjh1676 Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    Topiary Gardens and World Plants seem to have the correct description--Here is a mid-spring photo of the plant I have had for a number of years from World Plants. I like this maple. I would say that neither of the leaves you show match this one so I guess that makes more than 2 plants being sold by this name and it is not a Matsumare by any stretch. The leaves are larger for a plamatum and rounded. The yellowish leaf with the "brownish" or rust edges in the spring is what I have seen consistently.
     

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