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'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'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's autumn colour.|
|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"