Monday, April 14, 2008

japanese maple  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:18 PM
I bought a couple Japanese Maple trees two years ago to plant next to the house. One of them is actually a graft of one type of maple to another.

To the best of my knowledge, the rootstock is the relatively common Smooth Japanese Maple, and the scion is the 'Red Dragon' Lace-leaf Japanese Maple. Last summer the rootstock sent out a shoot, and I was going to prune, but the kids talked me out of it -- the two types of leaves on one tree are somewhat intriguing.

The graft line is clearly visible, with the rootstock having a greenish-colored trunk.

As this article explains, the Red Dragon is propagated from cuttings and grafting, so my tree isn't unique. I guess that it would be expected for me to prune the Smooth Japanese Maple to give the Red Dragon the attention it deserves.

I'll wait a while to decide, but I think that the Smooth will outgrow the Red Dragon dramatically; if it starts to dominate the tree, then I will prune it. But for now, it makes for a rather interesting plant.

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Always prune out all growth from the original root-stock!!! (below the graft line) It WILL outgrow the desirable graft, and steal energy from it.
Long live the top-graft!!!!!

Tree Man, B.B.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:26 PM  

random. arbitrary. completely unnecessary. yet refreshingly therapeutic.

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