May 2004
Japanese Red Maple
making my
morning beautiful.

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Facts at a Glance
Acer palmatum - 'Bloodgood.'

Planted May 1999
Planting height: 5.7'
Planting trunk: 1.5"

2006 Update
7-yr height: 17'
7-yr trunk: 10"

Mature Height: 25 to 30'
Spread: 20'
Growth rate: Moderate
Form: Graceful, layered
Flowers: Purple, red
Fall color: Bright red
Hardiness zone: 5 - 8
Culture: Mostly sun

Best feature:
Color, shape

Worst problem:
Turns brown in summer

Do over? Yes

An Anvil Will Do

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A Tree Grower's Diary
'Bloodgood' Japanese Red Maple

JAPANESE RED MAPLE JOURNAL

Photographs and text by Julie Walton Shaver

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May 2004


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Inspiration
Bradley's 3rd grade painting of the tree in May 2004 (with the artist's name in "Japanese").

Left: May 24, 2006. I love the spring color of this tree.
 

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May 20, 2006
Kaptain Karl watches cars on the street, people on the sidewalk, and maybe a bird or two, out by the Japanese red maple. The tree looks pretty from the window too, in my opinion. I don't know what the Kaptain thinks about it.

   


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April 5, 2005

Early spring bud.

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April 11, 2006
I love the details.


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April 23, 2005
The leaves emerge like
old hands waking up.

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May 3, 2005
When I stare at this picture,
the clouds move.





May 2004

Samaras are also known as helicopter
seeds for their twirling propellers.

Autumn 2002

I took these pictures before I started
carefully dating all my pictures!

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I can see the leaf veins shining through on a rainy May morning.

We were rushing to walk Bradley to school when he stopped in his tracks. "Mom! Look at that!" he said. "Isn't that beautiful?" Going back for the camera only made us a little bit late. Well worth it in my book. Teaching my children to stop and appreciate the beauty in nature is all part of the plan.


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By the end of June, some of the inside leaves begin a slow fade to pale green,
shown here in the light of the late afternoon sun.


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Oct. 11, 2004
Any day now, the greenish tinge will turn bright red.

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Nov. 7, 2004
The neighbor's 100-foot red maple (no particular acer rubrum cultivar) towers over my Japanese variety. Some years, the generic maple turns bright red; this year, yellow. Go figure.


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Growing
I just love watching
trees grow!

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Nov. 18, 2004
Early freeze, before the leaves fell,
and they all curled up and turned black.

   

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January 2005 . . .

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. . . we wait again for spring . . .
 


For Julie's detailed comments, see the Japanese Red Maple facts page
See the Japanese Red Maple growth chart
Read the latest Tree Grower's Diary blog entry


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