19 December 2010

Seasons of the Japanese Maple


Japanese: irohamomiji

Late Autumn

Acer Palmatum (AY-sir pal-MAY-tum) brings year round interest, with many kinds of foliage shapes, colors and textures. One of the finest subjects for Bonsai, this one has multiple trunks that have fused close to the ground.


The brilliant fall foliage lights up the garden, and the slender twigs
 and branches provide winter interest. Seedlings are
beautiful in their own way;
 each slightly different from one another.

  Early Autumn

These trees are slightly different, each turning 
a slightly different fall color in sequence. 

Early Spring

In the spring they also leaf out at different times.
 Maples should be placed outdoors where there is good air movement.

Late Spring

Have some fun growing your own Japanese maple trees from seed.


For bonsai avoid grafted Japanese maple trees,
the graft union is many times very visable after a few years

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