November 11, 2013

The fleeting beauty of autumn Japanese maples

Some Acer palmatum cultivars I love (there are so many!)


Lovers of Japanese maples notice when the foliage just switches in autumn to almost electric colours: crimson, scarlet, gold, and tangerine, among others. The fall foliage doesn't last too long before strong November winds here in zone 5/6 Toronto strip them off branches.

Acer palmatum  "Bloodgood" is the most commonly found cultivar in many gardens, almost to the point of being overused. When you see dozens of 3 or 5 gallon containers of these plants stranded at big box stores, half-dead by August, you kind of weep. (But some deals were amazing.)

I'm still busy with fall garden work so I took the following pictures to, at and from work. I'll try to add more but it's getting very late in the season!



Acer palmatum Bloodgood Japanese maple autumn colour by garden muses-a Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Bloodgood" Japanese maple's autumn colour 





Acer palmatum "Bloodgood" Japanese maple
 autumn leaves against a brilliant blue sky
 




Acer palmatum "Butterfly" Japanese maple's autumn colour. 

Notice the variegated margin which is much more pronounced 

in the spring when the new foliage emerges. 
I planted this specimen in my sister's garden (what a good brother I am!)



Acer palmatum Crimson Queen Japanese maple autumn colour by garden muses-a Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum Crimson Queen Japanese maple's autumn colour.
This maple is located at the perimeter of  my client's rain garden.



Acer palmatum "Seiryu" Japanese maple's autumn colour.
I have two Seiryus in my backyard and recommend that you have at least one!



Acer palmatum Shishigashira Lion's Head Japanese maple autumn colour by garden muses-a Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Shishigashira" ("Lion's Head") Japanese maple's autumn colour. 



Acer palmatum Shishigashira Lion's Head Japanese maple autumn leaf colour by garden muses-a Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Shishigashira" ("Lion's Head")Japanese maple's autumn leaf colour.
The curly leaves are quite unusual!






By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog"
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