November 13, 2014

Falling for Japanese maples in the fall

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's Japanese maples


While there isn't a horticultural version of the Ten Commandments (that I'm aware of), more than a few gardeners every late autumn across Toronto feel pangs of envy and covetousness while peering at another's Japanese maple.

Well, I do.

(On a side note, I've heard reports of specimen Japanese maples stolen from front gardens (and a cemetery!) in our fair city. Obviously, a different Commandment is being broken here.)

You likely walk past more than a few small landscape trees  on your way to work or the store, not really giving much thought to the dark red (wine?) or green leaves. Then, starting in late October for us, it seems that these maples flip a switch and start glowing.



Acer palmatum Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese maple autumn foliage Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Mikawa Yatsubusa" 
Japanese maple autumn foliage 
at the Toronto Botanical Garden


It's mid November now and the Japanese maple show is starting to wind down a little but I was able to capture these photos over the past few weeks showing some unusual Acer palmatum cultivars showing their fall finery at the Toronto Botanical Garden.

I've had mixed success with Japanese maples in my backyard as I've lost two to verticillum wilt: a very nice and expensive "Seiryu" and a very nice and expensive "Osakazuki" (you see the pertinent adjectives?) Of course the Viburnum plicatum Japanese snowballs are growing madly so these spots have been filled nicely.




Acer palmatum Coonara Pygmy Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Coonara Pygmy"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum Crimson Queen Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Crimson Queen"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden


Acer palmatum dissectum Waterfall laceleaf Japanese maple autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Waterfall"
 laceleaf Japanese maple autumn foliage


Acer palmatum Kagiri Nishiki Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Kagiri Nishiki"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
at the Toronto Botanical Garden




Acer palmatum Kamagata Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Kamagata"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden



Acer palmatum Kiyo-hime  Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Kiyo-hime"
  Japanese maple fall foliage
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum Kiyo-hime  Japanese maple fall foliage detail Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Kiyo-hime"
  Japanese maple fall foliage detail
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum linearlobum Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Linearlobum"
Japanese maple fall foliage
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese maple autumn foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Mikawa Yatsubusa"
 Japanese maple autumn foliage
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden 



Acer palmatum Mikawa Yatsubusa Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Mikawa Yatsubusa"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
at theToronto Botanical Garden


Acer palmatum Osakazuki Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Osakazuki"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden




Acer palmatum Trompenburg Japanese maple fall foliage at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum "Trompenburg"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum var. dissectum Green Hornet Japanese maple Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Green Hornet"
 Japanese maple fall foliage
at the Toronto Botanical Garden 




Acer palmatum var. dissectum Waterfall  Japanese maple foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Waterfall"
 Japanese maple foliage 




Fall foliage Acer palmatum linearlobum Japanese maple at Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Fall foliage of Acer palmatum 
"Linearlobum"Japanese maple
 at the Toronto Botanical Garden


Laceleaf Japanese maple  Acer palmatum dissectum Viridis autumn foliage by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Laceleaf Japanese maple
 (Acer palmatum var. dissectum "Waterfall")
 autumn foliage on display at a client's garden





Oh, by the way, my neighbours don't have a Japanese maple but rather a plastic lawn (artificial turf) installed. No coveting here...