Unknown Acer palmatum dissectum Planted - June 2023

Last week, I posted some photos and details of how we added another Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum dissectum Waterfall - to our backyard.  That was the third (current) JM and the second small one we planted this season.  Earlier this Spring, I bought and planted a 2# Emperor 1 JM from the orange big box nursery and put it in a spot that we can enjoy from the patio.  I've had luck with a different Emperor 1 JM, so I wanted to go with something that I knew worked in our yard.

On one of my visits to Home Depot, I wandered around the parking lot nursery (as one does during June) and noticed that mixed in with the small Emperor 1 Japanese Maples in 2# containers was something different.  There were small trees in there that, while they were red-leafed, were certainly NOT Emperor 1's.  They were lace-leafed dissectums - at first sight.  Here, below, is what the foliage looked like on these small trees:


Well...that's interesting, right?  I picked up the container to look at the name and this is what I saw:

What the heck?  Emperor 1?  I'm not so sure, Home Depot.  

As Katya on Seinfeld once said:

You may tell jokes, Mr. Jerry Seinfeld, but you are no Comedian.

You may have red leaves, Mr. Japanese Maple, but you are no Emperor 1.

Despite this being an 'unknown' variety, it didn't stop me from bringing it home.   I planted it recently and tucked it in amongst the Guacamole Hostas on the northside - in the understory bed.  See below for the tree that is currently trained up a bamboo pole.   Of note...this is one of the locations that I identified in the post about the small Emperor 1 - that sort of provides some back-and-forth of red JMs across the yard


Below is a closer-look at the maroon fine, lace-like leaves.

It is grafted low (and...ummm..not grafted super professionally...) and has limbed (and leaf'd) out all up the trunk.  When you put those characteristics into the Mr. Maple tool (upright, laceleaf, palmatum and red), it shows three possibilities that include (see below) English Lace, Garnet, and Seiryu. 

Via Mr. Maple

Now...if you remove 'upright', you get a bunch of more-commonly-available varieties including Crimson Queen, Inaba Shidare, Red Dragon and Red Select.  I'll be able to confirm/exclude Inaba Shidare shortly as I've (eek!) also bought one of those.  But, more on that tree when I plant it. 

This is now my fourth (existing) Japanese Maple and all four are Acer palmatum trees.  

Two are Emperor 1's - upright, red trees.  Two are laceleaf: One is a weeping green Waterfall and (now) this unknown laceleaf red tree.

I've been learning a bit about JMs and I've learned that there are (at least) three kinds:  Acer palmatum, Acer japonicum and Acer shirasawanum.  I'd like to think about having some different species going forward.  

2023 marks my seventh tree-planting season.

The two Ginkgos were #79 and #80 and the second and third trees of 2023.  The small Emperor 1, Acer palmatum Japanese Maple is the 81st tree and the fourth of the year.  Waterfall was 5th this year and 82nd overall.

This unknown red Acer palmatum dissectum tree is the sixth tree of the year.  And 83rd overall.

Earlier this year, I marked four deaths, we (now) have 57 of 83 trees that we've planted.

83 trees planted/7 growing seasons = 11.85 trees on average planted each season
57 trees alive/7 growing seasons = 8.14 trees on average survive each season.

Here's the full accounting:

2017 (9 planted. 4 Dead. 5 of the original annual total alive now):
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
2. Flowering Pear in front yard by garage. (LOST and replaced)
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
6. A Dawn Redwood from Earth Day 2017 (LOST and replaced)
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
8. A Corkscrew Willow all the way in the back (LOST)
9. A Crimson King Norway Maple near the trampoline

2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
10. Another flowering pear from Earth Day 2018
11. Red Maple Sun Valley tree from Earth Day 2018.
12. Weeping Cedar tree - our first evergreen.  (LOST)
13. The weeping flowering cherry tree that the Babe planted for Earth Day 2018.
14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. These Frans Fontaine Hornbeams
22. A replacement Chanticleer Pear tree (3" caliper) out front by our garage
23. Our second evergreen - a short Fraser Fir Christmas Tree out by the trampoline. (LOST)
24. This Canadian Hemlock that is the first of nine that our landscape plan calls for in the backyard. (LOST)
25. Our replanted/replacement Dawn Redwood. Same spot as the first.
26. This teeny-tiny Bald Cypress that I planted in the front yard, in between our driveway and our neighbor to the north.

2019 (9 planted.  5 Dead):
27, 28, 29.  A set of three small Canadian Hemlock Trees in our far backyard. (Two Lost)
30, 31, 32.  This second set of three small Canadian Hemlocks along the north fence line. (One Lost)
33.  My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
34.  A NEW Dwarf Alberta Spruce planted near the south fence line.  Our first "dwarf" tree.
35.  This new Hakuro Nishiki Willow (Dappled Willow) tree planted close to the flowering cherry on the southside.  LOST - October 2020.

37.  A very thin Lombardy Poplar tree - columnar form - in the way back wood chip area.  LOST - July 2020.
38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45.  These apple trees in a Belgian Fence espalier.
46.  A small Northern Red Oak tree - our first Oak tree planted.
47.  A 'decapitated' Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud that I planted on a whim.
48.  A replacement (from the nursery) Lavender Twist Redbud planted close to the brother.
49.  A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover. 
50.  Our second contorted tree - this one inspired by Disneyland Paris: a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick tree.
51.  Our third contorted tree - but one that checks A LOT of boxes.  Deciduous conifer.  Weeping.  Contorted.  Japanese.  Planted behind the front Maple - the Horstmann's Recursive Weeping Contorted Larch.  LOST - Aug 2020.
52.  Via the Morton Arboretum Plant Sale - a columnar tree from Japan - the Red Fox Katsura Tree that I planted as an understory tree to the dying Chanticleer Pear Tree next to our driveway. 

2021 (16 planted and 13 alive):
53.  A tiny bareroot Shagbark Hickory from the Benet Academy Environmental Club planted in the backyard.   LOST - May 2023
54.  Our first Japanese Maple - a dwarf Tamukeyama Maple planted in the south backyard bed LOST - May 2023
55.  A large Weeping Nootka Falsecypress from Wannemaker's planted in the new bed on the northside. 
56.  A long-sought-after Emperor I Japanese Maple - our second Japanese Maple - that is now planted on the border near our new-to-be-created fire pit area in the backyard. 
59.  A dwarf Japanese White Pine - Pinus Parviflora Nana (or perhaps something else).  LOST 2022.
64.  A second, tiny Ginko tree - this was a replacement for #62 - planted 'ib2dw'.
65.  A small - and ALL Green - Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia) planted in front of the back Yews.
66. 67. 68.  A trio of London Planetree 'Bloodgood' trees that are planted along the fence that I'm going to attempt to pleach.

2022 (9 planted and 7 alive):
69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. Six Green Giant Thujas trees planted as an upright evergreen layer in the backyard. Thuja standishii plicata. TWO LOST.  May 2023.
75. A small Saratoga Ginko tree planted in our front yard by the front walk.
76.  A London Planetree Exclamation planted in our parkway.  A bandit tree of sorts.

2023 (6 planted and 6 alive):
78.  Small, Columnar Scotch Pine from Home Depot in early Spring 2023. 
79 and 80.  Dwarf "witches broom" Ginkgo trees - Spring Grove - planted on either side of our back stoop.  
82.  A small, but upright red lace-leaf Japanese Maple - Unknown variety planted amongst the hostas on the north side understory bed.

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