Japanese Maple


We have some similar Japanese Maples in my town. I visited them yesterday and I looked on the ground hoping to find some helicopter seeds. It turns out that they remain attached to the tree and they are very small. I removed 50 or so.

I will dampen some vermiculite and cover the planted seeds with cellophane and store them in my refrigerator over the winter. I will put them out next spring and they should sprout. :smiley:


It’s my understanding that the seeds may take several seasons before reaching that height.

They do much better in latitudes below 35 degrees. From 35 to about 38 they will usually do well if they have some kind of shelter on the north, but above that they are pretty challenged.

I love them; they’re beautiful. But they aren’t any more cold hardy than southern magnolias, which are also beautiful.

This is one of very few species that’s been imported that has no apparent OOPSIE as a downside. They don’t mess anything else up, IOW.

Ima going to use growth hormone. :grin:

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When I first moved into my house there was an American Chestnut growing on my property; it had a trunk diameter of about 5 inches…then it got the blight. It kept sending up shoots for about 5 years but that was it. Sad.

I wonder if some sort of gene splicing or such would help. I know that work is being done. The American Chestnut used to make up about 25% of US forest trees.

I don’t care for the horse chestnut due to its odor at certain seasons. We used to have scads of them here along with the oaks and elms, but the Dutch elm blight killed most of the elms off. Our sycamores are still glorious, probably because they don’t get timbered off since their lumber isn’t prized.

Coincidentally, I started two sycamore trees from seed about 40 years ago and they are still growing. I planted them east of a couple of houses which was a great spot to plant them although this was simply by accident. :slightly_smiling_face:

The same is true for the Chinese Chestnut although they have tasty seeds.

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