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- Panama City, FL Zone 9a/8b Centr
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I'm surprised a bit by the "best deciduous" palmatum:
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Not that I could do any better, or that it isn't lovely, but the design leaves me a bit flat. I think it has to do with what my eye sees as a big hole in the middle. Perhaps that branch in the center could be twice as wide and fill in some of the space . . . I like the idea that it's spare and elegant, but that particular spot is just a bit too bare for me.
The base certainly is impressive. This tree also highlights something I've pointed out before, which is that Japanese maples often seem to get a "pass" when it comes to taper. The larger trunk is basically the same diameter for more than half its height - makes me feel better about mine
Just one amateur's opinion; what do you nuts think?
What I really like about the maple being discussed is the graceful character and level of refinement. The branches are tapered, and the tree so simple. I bet the tree looks a lot better in person, and the photograph makes the gap look bigger than it actually is.
The gap is not too big in person. It is a really nice tree. The palmatum of mr. Vallejo was better with incredible bark (for a JM). The maple of mr. and Mss. Cooper was very special, no visible healed scars on the whole tree.
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