Crossing Acers

BONSAI_OUTLAW

Banned
Messages
150
Reaction score
1
Location
Woodstown, NJ
Can a Acer palmatum cross pollinate with one of our native Acers here in North America?
 

Ashbarns

Mame
Messages
131
Reaction score
2
Location
Victoria Australia
Outlaw I can't see why it can't be done. Be good to hear what the experts come up with.

Ash
 

Tachigi

Omono
Messages
1,201
Reaction score
28
Location
PA.
USDA Zone
6b
Yes, at least according to J.D. Vertrees. His book Japanese Maples goes into it in great depth. Here is a paragraph from it where he touches on the subject.

“The native Japanese Maple has the tendency to produce great variations within the species. By selection and cross-pollination over 250 cultivars have been developed. Plants to fit every need in landscaping can be found, from the extremely dwarf forms with minute leaves to the bold upright types with large leaves. There are variations of color in foliage in Spring growth which are not found in other types of trees. Fall coloration among these cultivars becomes a second period of color explosion. There are variations of leaf shape from tiny, crinkled, strap-like, and lace-like to the bold, broad, large leaves of ‘Osakazuki’. As time has passed these beautiful ornamental plants have found their way around the world in horticulture. Discerning plantsmen in many countries have recognized the beauty available in the use of these plants. They fit well with other genera as companion plants or make outstanding specimen plants.”

His book is for sale here and worth the money.
 

Similar threads


Top Bottom