Laceleaf Japanese Maple
Location: Western Washington
Posted: Mar-31-2005 at 9:59am
Last year I bought a small (about 14 in & weeping tall) Laceleaf Japanese Maple. Acer palmatum (Crimson Queen) To my horror, LOL, this spring the neighbor dog dug it up. Not only that but he bit the top portion off. It is a grafted tree and he chewed it off well below the graft and left about 6 inch trunk with the roots. So I am trying to root the upper portion- however the bottom half is fine. From reading I think that this will be a red Japanese Maple that gets sixty foot tall. It said that most were grafted onto these trees ??? Am I understanding that right? I'm trying to figure this out so that I will know where to plant it. I don't want a 60 foot tree above the pond. LOL. I am thinking that I misunderstood this information since this is a drawf shrub??
Location: Western British Columbia
Posted: Mar-31-2005 at 9:41pm
Sydnie--the "rootstock" for your maple will most likely be a green leaved japanese maple, tho it may be any shade of red or green. These are grown from seed so vary tremendously.
It will also be more vigorous than the laceleaf variety, so likely will reach a decent tree size in time, like many of the larger jap. maples you see in your area.
Trying to root the top growth at this time of year is unfortunately very unlikely, slightly firm softwood growth in June is about the only effective cutting material...requiring careful misting or poly sheeting to maintain high humidity while rooting.
Regrafting some of your topgrowth is the only likely strategy, tho with new shoots leafing out I believe this also is a poor time. The scionwood will have difficulty surviving until it knits with the rootstock, since the twig is sprouting out and very soft, easily wilting...
I admire your good humour, dog lover and / or philosopher ?
Location: Western Washington
Posted: Mar-31-2005 at 10:46pm
Glen - I think that I will plant my regular japanese maple in the larger upper yard and go buy another Laceleaf Japanese Maple for above the pond. The Japanese maple red/green are trees that I don't have either, so at least I got that for my money. Everyone in the area has dogs- including us, so you have to learn to go with the flow. My dog is a perfect Angel tho', of course. Just because that's her name. LOL.
Thank you for the good information !
aka - Cindy
Location: Washington, Southwestern
Posted: Apr-05-2005 at 3:55pm
Hey Sydnie, don't be supprised if the root part you have saved and are replanting comes up a viny maple. My old neighbor who took up growing maples said most of his were grafted onto vine maple because of the hardyness and the adaptability.
P.S. If you would like, you can have some stronger branches off my lace leaf's, although I don't know what they are, they have beautiful fall colors, and summer too. (aka aunt Linda)
Location: Oregon coast
Posted: Apr-06-2005 at 11:08am
I suppose nursery growers have their reasons, but I wish I could find Japanese maples NOT grafted onto who-knows-what. I like to be able to plant my trees and leave them alone, and not worry about pinching off new growth on the scion, especially when it's close to the graft joint - I'm worried that maybe I'm pinching off desirable new growth. I'm crazy enough without having my trees make me crazy. As they get bigger, it probably won't be a problem.
Anyone ever tried collecting samara and growing their own from seed?