I bought this JM at a garden center last year from the "rescue table." I have no idea what it is. I'm posting some pics. If better pics are requested, I will get to them in as timely a manner as I can. Thank you all in advance!
It looks like a grafted tree since the rootstock is flourishing at bottom ... With young plants that have just leafed out or recently leafed out it is hard to tell ( for me) between Acer Japonicum Aconitifolium an upright smaler spreading tree or Acer Japonicum Green cascade a weeping tree...but it doesn't look dissected enough to be the cascade so I would say 99% sure A.J. Aconitifolium... 99% of all JM's are impossible to identify as witnessed in this forum over and over ...this cultivar is an exception in that it is truly distinct from others in leaf shape together with tree form...although as I said with youngins the GC is close in leaf shape ( only) and of course tree form has not been established. David
Vertrees considers them so close to be the same tree ... I have both the Acon and "supposedly" the Filic and the differnce ...if any ... is not noticble to me i suspect both are Aconitifolium .although they were supposedly originally from differnt clones... Since the F is extreemly rare and likely the A anyway since their is no real way of knowing which is which... I think you can assume it is the A.J Aconitifolium . The fall colors on the A.J. acon are spectacular . I think calling them two differnt names is confusing and aids in buying the same tree twice like I did before doing proper study... Of course if you want to call it a filic. go right ahead ...but be appraised it is the basic same cultivar and likely actually is the same cukltivar as the Aconitifolium but given that name by eithyer someone who passed it along or wants to sell more tree to unsuspecting addicts like ME..David