I have fallen hard for the "Bloodgood" variety. I'm planning a "purple" themed area and I think that would make a magnificent focal point.
Lots of great information in your article and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Todd, I'm a A. palmatum lover from way back. I have "Bloodgood" in the front yard where it gets the north wind all winter, and yet thrives. I also have a member of the dissectum group (no cultivar name on the tag) in a rock bed on the SE corner of the house. It is currently about 2 feet high with a spread laterally of 4 feet. It is covered this year, but fought the elements unprotected last year and shed a few branches. It has a definite sweep to it - not exactly weeping, but most relaxed.
I've tried to raise cuttings from the dissectum. It is grafted onto a palmatum root, and I'd like to have one with it's own roots, but have had very bad luck. I think this spring, I'll pin one of the branches that insists on laying on the ground down and see if I can get some roots that way.
Todd, thank you for a wonderful article, well written and packed with information. Your photos are stunning! I have a butterfly J. maple as the focal point in my side garden, and your article makes me want to redesign my other beds... :-)
Thanks for the article. A very close friend died in Sept 2007 and our current favorite tree to plant in memory to him in our yard is a JM. I am the gardener in the family so I am looking and looking for that very special tree. I heard from Carolina Gardner tour there is a special farm that doesn't really advertise close to Greensboro NC but I can't remember more. I favor the oranges better than red and our friend was from TN so that seems fitting. Any very special ideas appreciated.
I have LOVED these trees for a few years now! Im in zone 4b and its been exciting for me to see what will make it through my winters. The Emperor 1 has been so outstanding! Ive had it in the ground now for 3 years, with no die back. The last time I counted I had 22 different kinds, some in pots but most in the ground.
I have been mulching,and the rabbits are just crazy around here so I have to put protection on for that to. Their is something so very...I cant express... about these gifts of nature, its just pure love for me!
Todd, your article was one of the best I've read for JM 101. I am in Zone 8a. Presently I have two JMs doing splendidly: Sheina (dwarf) and Emerald Green (lace leaf). I tried to grow a lace leaf Bloodgood about two years ago. It died. I think it didn't like the Mississippi full sun. Also, it was a fairly large tree transplanted from a local nursery.
One of the most popular orange varieties is 'Orange Dream'...it leaves out orange, turns chartreuse in summer then orange-red in fall. 'Katsura' is very similar and also starts off orange but turns more yellow-green in summer but turns back orangy in fall. 'Orangeola' leaves out orange but turns red then back to orange-red in fall. The first two are palmatum types, the last a dissectum (and dwarf). Omure yama is still one the brightest oranges in fall but starts off green with a bronzy cast then green in summer.
I had a tough time finding Orange Dream. Not many folks have it in stock. I ordered one from Forest Farm, tube size. It has been doing great. I saw only one in my area - it was very large and had awesome color. Awesome price to at $600...hence the small one. Good luck and you can't go wrong with this one!