16 thoughts on “FOTD 14th April 2021: Japanese Maple

  1. The healthiest Japanese maples put more effort into foliar grown instead of floral growth, which is why they do not bloom. Of course, some cultivars bloom less than others anyway.

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      • Some types of Japanese maples are genetically ‘deficient’ because of extensive breeding. Consequently, some of such Japanese maples bloom only very rarely, particularly if they are healthy and vigorous. Such a tree may not live long enough to bloom just once, or may not bloom during the time that you are acquainted with it. When and if it blooms, it may do so with only a few flowers that do not get noticed. Nonetheless, every Japanese maple should have the potential to bloom. However, those that are genetically deficient may not produce viable seed. It gets even more complicated. If such a ‘confused’ maple blooms, . . . and if it produces viable seed, . . . the seed would very likely be so genetically deficient that it would grow into something that is very different from the parent that produced it.
        The Schwedler maple, which is a cultivar of Norway maple uses this to its advantage. The plain and simple Norway maple is invasive in New England and the Pacific Norwest. However, the Schwedler maple, as well as some of the other cultivars of Norway maple, do not produce viable seed, so can be planted in regions where the common Norway maple should not be planted.

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