Progression of Acer palmatum A

parhamr

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April 2012
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Collected as a seedling in Portland, OR.

May 2013
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Basic wire training.

April 2014
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It continues to be my most productive seedling. I upgraded it from a 1 to 2 gallon pot; to the left is a white birch volunteer.

June 2014
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One of the growth tips would get a fungal infection the coming winter. The other tip snapped off from wind.

October 2015
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Repotted in spring 2015. Fed with Osmocote 14-14-14, humic acid, granulated azomite, and iron.

December 2015
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After aggressive pruning for structure and taper. More pruning will probably follow in the spring, but this was cautious to allow for dieback.

Updates will come as possible. I plan to try growing this out into an informal broom form.
 

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Real nice!

I love the moss and the rocks!
Love em!

Sorce
 

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Nice start...I have an Acer Ginnala myself. Was looking to see if die back was mentioned...and a concern. To see how daring I wish to take my own. Would imagine they might be similar...being an Acer...but could be wrong. Still learning maples.
 

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@Cadillactaste this tree shows dieback typical of its species. This isn't as sensitive or picky as some fancy palmatum cultivars. If I cut too close to a bud, then the tree may die back to the previous internode. With all of my Acer trees I trim between internodes to let the tree die back to the next bud. I have had reliable results and then trim off the dead, leftover tip after the growing season.
 

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I like to see trees started from seed.

Very nice base to work with, I think you're on the right track ;)
 

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I repotted it this morning. I hope the noise didn't disturb my neighbors :p

Before
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Root shot
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After
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This is a 16" square grow box with 3.5" of depth. I had to remove a ton of roots to fit it in the box. The nebari is developing fairly well, and I was able to remove a lot of decomposed organic material from right near the trunk.

This tree remains my strongest growing palmatum. I might need to strike some cuttings and/or layers off it to enjoy clones of its vigor.

I took the main trunk down a little too far after the last styling, but I'm convinced the new leader has potential for decent directionality. At least there will be taper. I'm not terribly excited about its design at present. It still holds promise.
 
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