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6/05/2015 11:43 am  #1


My Japanese Maple

Between work work and yard work, I haven't gotten any gaming done so far this year.  Work work is too deadly dull to discuss, but I thought I'd share one of the fruits of my yard work: the Japanese maple in my front yard.  It was just a stick when I planted it in 2010, and last year it finally got large enough for the full bonsai treatment.  I took a chance pruning it when it didn't have any leaves, but I think my guesstimates turned out okay (it may still need thinned a bit).  Anyway, enjoy!
http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk119/ballbd/SAM_0032_zpsypal9x5p.jpg

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Last edited by Blackadder23 (6/05/2015 11:45 am)


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6/06/2015 9:54 pm  #2


Re: My Japanese Maple

I've been thinking about getting a Japanese maple to grow as a potted bonsai... but I'm terrible with plants. Yours looks great BA23, you must have the green thumb!


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6/06/2015 11:05 pm  #3


Re: My Japanese Maple

Thanks!  I take the blame for the rest of the landscaping as well. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

This is a "Crimson Queen" if you're looking into the different varieties of Japanese maples; note that I savagely pruned it below the three foot mark to make it look more tree-like.  The only issue with it is it gets a lot of sun in the front yard, so the leaves actually turn green in July and August (you can see that happening now).  In the spring and fall it's a beautiful blood red. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Anyway, you would probably want a dwarf maple for a potted plant.  This one is ten or eleven feet tall.

EDIT: This is actually a "Bloodgood" variety.  I didn't get a "Crimson Queen" because it was weeping, and I wanted an upright tree.

Last edited by Blackadder23 (11/16/2015 2:06 pm)


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6/09/2015 9:07 pm  #4


Re: My Japanese Maple

That's actually pretty amazing that you got the Japanese maple to thrive like that. That looks like it's maturing at a fast rate. 


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6/10/2015 3:28 pm  #5


Re: My Japanese Maple

Thank you!  Hopefully it's approaching full size - there's a power line a couple feet above it, and pruning the top of a tree properly is a pain in the butt.


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11/16/2015 2:03 pm  #6


Re: My Japanese Maple

Here it is today, just on the cusp of losing its leaves for the year.  The fern garden underneath it has already been wilted by the cold.  I had to prune it quite a bit this summer because it was interfering with foot traffic.

http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk119/ballbd/Maple2_zpsjvp8dhlc.jpg


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11/16/2015 2:38 pm  #7


Re: My Japanese Maple

Ha! This is great. I swear, I was just looking at some black locusts in the setting sun out of my office window and wondering how Blackadder23's Japanese maple was looking for the fall.

 

11/16/2015 2:58 pm  #8


Re: My Japanese Maple

Damn that's a big japanese maple, especially for being 5-ish years old.


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11/17/2015 10:43 am  #9


Re: My Japanese Maple

Handy Haversack wrote:

Ha! This is great. I swear, I was just looking at some black locusts in the setting sun out of my office window and wondering how Blackadder23's Japanese maple was looking for the fall.

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11/17/2015 11:16 am  #10


Re: My Japanese Maple

Great tree, man. 

Come see me sometime about picking up bad habits, heh.


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11/18/2015 10:08 pm  #11


Re: My Japanese Maple

I have bad habits - just not those. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


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11/18/2016 2:24 pm  #12


Re: My Japanese Maple

Here is this fall's update on my Japanese maple, which I know Handy in particular has been anxiously awaiting.

http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk119/ballbd/Maple2016_zpsjjkzzqvw.jpg

It didn't need any pruning this year, which is good because I herniated a disc in my back in September. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/sad.png

 

Last edited by Blackadder23 (11/18/2016 2:25 pm)


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11/19/2016 7:31 pm  #13


Re: My Japanese Maple

Nice! Love it. Just make sure in the spring you prune it before the town comes by and butchers it, because it's getting close to the lines. 


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