Rhode Island Red Japanese Maple

April 14, 2012

Rhode Island Red Japanese MapleThis cultivar has the very distinct habit of looking like an old bonsai naturally. The branches emerge from the trunk in a very uniform fashion, giving the semblance of a mature european beech tree with those low spreading branches. The branch structure is of course most apparent in the winter months. In the spring and summer, the medium sized red leaves give a very dense appearance. We have one large specimen which is now about 8 ft tall. I think the tree will max out around 12 ft or so, but I’m not certain about that. I am not aware of any other maple that has the same habit, which is remarkable when one considers how many cultivars have been selected over the years.

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