Over the years we’ve found many Japanese maple seedlings within the garden. They grow relatively quickly when young, and Charles would tag the ones that showed promise (interesting leaf shape, good autumn color). If after several years the autumn coloration was consistent, we’d dig them up and move the young trees to a more suitable spot.
When transplanted at a young age, Japanese maples will often do better than planting a larger specimen. This is due to the fact that the root system is mostly intact, on a young seedling, whereas a larger tree my have lost 70% of its’ root system, when field dug and potted up.
Of special note:
Acer Palmatum seedling in Station 14 (Photos 4-5)
Where this tree is sited, we’ve been trying to extend the season of interest, by adding plants that offer consistent fall color.
This maple is sited under the towering canopy of Doug firs, and has performed admirably. We do give it summer irrigation, as Acer palmatum is native to areas where it gets summer monsoons.