Mine is an older tree but I have not had it long either ...it looks identical ...I think the 'look" will fade with the summer mine did last year ...still pretty and nice form tree and leaf shape but mostly green ...we shall see ...it seems VERY hardy so far ...mine was in a somewhat exposed location and no winter die back ...it also does not seem to put on late burst as some JM's do which really aids in protectinmg from winter die back!! David
If I talked at sometime about my top 5 it was euphemistically speaking ... Mine change from time to time and sometimes day to day ...If I said that it was more as " this is one of my favs" ...I do tend to exagerate my love for certain trees that are both pretty and have performed well here...There are also some that are really special but have not performed well ... Abigail Rose and Golden Full Moon are two that come to mind ...But when I get time I will throw out a few that I have had long enough to give a big thumbs up on ...If you look at the della thread I speced out some I really like and have done well here . The "done well part here"is somewhat problematic since there are so many variables involved and as i have said before one tree 8 foot apart from an identical cultivar same age same amount of time in the ground can thrive and the other Kaput.David
I lost a 10 ft Higasayama due to combination of last year's late freeze and the late summer drought.
But a nearby 3 ft young plant survived OK.
I lost a number of fairly mature japanese maples this past year.
Almost all my japonicums survived (just one died); but the palmatum toll was gruesome.
Yes St Louis was hit exceptionally hard as were most southern enviorns..I am about 1-2 weeks behind you generally so I got it bad but not like you guys!! I need to get down to the botanical gardens ...they have a nice JM collection although 90% are inexcusably NOT MARKED not the way a botannical garden should be run IMHO..but they were pretty...but that was two spings ago I didn't bother last spring. ...I assume it may be not pretty down there this spring either one reason I have put it off also such a late spring it is likley just now showey unless it's a disaster there too as I fear David
If you wanted to see a nearly mature Higasayama, I took a 'memorial shot' of it's carcass.
It used to be a lovely tree. Ah well, fickle mother nature.
The carcass in the middle is the former Higasayama.
Succumbed to late frost spring '07.
Since my tree and most I have seen in photos are vase like in form I think a multi stemed Higa will look fine albiet much differnt than your old more upright one obviously more bush like ... Thats one of the nice things about JM's even if their form is a bit differnt or vastly differnt than the norm which oft happens with critters die back etc... it usually is still a neat tree and noone will ever know the differnce but you...Alot of times after it grows out you may like it better than the "original"...David
I got a Baldsmith several years ago from ebay and planted it out. It was small, maybe 15-18 inches. Well, the Baldsmith didn't make it through the winter, but whatever it was grafted on did. So I just left it. It's really close to the ground and looks more bushlike, but the leaves are still pretty, even if I don't know what it is.
I lost my Baldsmith also I don't think they are hardy and personally I was NOT impressed with the cultivar ...just a run of the mill dissectum with a differnt name ...So I didn't shed any tears ...it also did not take sun well even in part shade either an all around looser ( for me)...not a tree I would recommend for here or anywhere being so plain not a bad tree for the right area just ordinary IMHO you can do MUCH better with dozens of other dissectums that aren't either touchy or plain...
What is left for you is a plain Green Acer Palmatum ...the root stock the Baldsmith was grafted to or possibly red Acer palmatum .I think either are pretty trees but nothing special ..If you have plenty of room keep it if not dig it up pot it and sell it for 15-25$$ depending on how large it is ..most folks think that there are only a couple differnt JM's only red or green ;>) and they are always VERY hardy.I have several in my yard from last springs freeze although the Baldsmith succummed before the freeze...In fact I dug up a RS today and potted it up ...Oh BTW the rule of thumb is never plant a JM in the same spot that ones dies in ...but in your case case if the root stock is healthy ...it obviously wasn't a disease so if you dig it up just plop in another JM cultivar you like... if you go that direction that is what I did with a potted Kiyohime which now ahs a new home .David
I hadn't heard that about not planting in the same spot. Good to know. I did however, move the RS to another location and it is doing fine there. Like you say, not anything spectacular, but I've got the room and it's an okay tree. I didn't replace the Baldsmith, although it was one that Della had available, but I do learn from my experiences so went with another that should be here come Wednesday!!! Yea!