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:
What the heck? Emperor 1? I'm not so sure, Home Depot.
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.
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.
Two are Emperor 1's - upright, red trees. Two are laceleaf: One is a weeping green Waterfall and (now) this unknown laceleaf red tree.
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.
1. Flowering Pear in backyard on north side.
3. Japanese flowering cherry
4 and 5: 2 Lindens that I espalier'd and placed by the south fence line near our kitchen windows.
7. Nat's Saucer Magnolia in our front yard
2018 (17 planted. 6 Dead):
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
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.
33. My new Weeping White Spruce that will only grow about 4' wide placed near the fence line alongside the espalier'd Lindens.
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.
49. A tall(ish) London Plane tree that suffered some transplant and frost shock, but seemed to recover.