Autumn (Fall) Maples

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Autumn (Fall) Maples

Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:52 pm

A couple that I've been working on for a few years. All are airlayers off one garden tree.
First with sun sidelighting

Same tree a few minutes later with sun veiled by thin cloud

Forest with sun sidelighting.


They all are overdue for a haircut as I've had an exceptionally busy year.

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:59 pm

Such colour Kev. They look like they're on fire.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:03 pm

Thanks Will. Not bad for plain old palmatum eh? (it was actually a throw away tree. The top had died but the stock survived)

A close up taken inside the forest



And finally some not air layered ones, two varieties that are planted out in the garden.
Sango Kaku (also known as Senkaki) and Osakazuki.

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:19 pm

Very very nice colours. Palmatums are the kings of autumn colours.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:23 pm

Great colour, doesn't happen here.

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:26 pm

Hi Kev

Very nice trees. Beautiful colors. The forest is great.
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Post  john pitt on Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:56 pm

wonderful colours Kev,
that forest is stunning,

Colour seems very strong this year, mine are as good as ever, yet I have had only 2 nights of frost,
I am pleasantly surprised and wonder what others think affects the Autumn colour,
I always thought it was sunny days and cold nights, but now I'm not sure?

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:28 pm

Regarding maples I have been told that keeping them slightly dry also will increase colours. But sun and cold weather also enhances colours.

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Post  DreadyKGB on Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:36 pm

Hey all,
The color here in in Illinois has been beautiful this year. Having also lived in Vermont(which is known for it autumn color) for a few years I found that the best colors come when there is less rain, more sun and a very slow transition in temperatures. I have seen a few years with virtually no autumn change and just leaf drop due to excessive rain and sharp temperature drops. If that happens the leaves just turn brown or black and drop.

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Post  Ian Young on Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:12 pm

Wow Kevin, really strong colour.

It's funny how the colours vary on the same tree each year. My shohin maple has stunning colour the year. For the last 3 it's been poor. If the wind tonight has left any leaves on it, I'll post a photo tomorrow.

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FALL MAPLES

Post  moyogijohn on Thu Oct 28, 2010 11:53 pm

kev,,You have some very nice trees there!! i LOVE the colors.you are a lucky man,wish my 2 had done that good...take care john

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Post  John Quinn on Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:25 am

Very nice color...my trees have had a particularly poor color show this Autumn. We have had some nights in the mid 40sF (7C), but still having days in the 80sF (29-30C)range.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:45 am

Hi Kevin, nice color on your maples. My Peacock Acer shirisawanum seems to have nice color every year.


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Post  RichLewis on Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:51 am

Dda iawn, lliwau wych!

Nice one, great colours!




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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:47 pm

Diolch yn fawr Rich!

Thanks to all for the comments. Both of these are still far from show ready, but the colour was just too good to pass up.

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Post  Ian Young on Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:33 pm

Amazingly my maples still had leaves after last nights wind. The next problem was getting a photo in torrential rain!! These are the best I could in dull light and the colour just doesn't look as good with my camera.





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Post  john pitt on Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:51 pm

Morten Albek wrote:Regarding maples I have been told that keeping them slightly dry also will increase colours. But sun and cold weather also enhances colours.

Regards
Morten

Thanks Morten, and Todd also mentions dryness having an effect.
I remember reading once about sugar levels in the leaves and someone mentioned feeding trees with something to increase these levels, unfortunately I can't remember what, and can't find the info again.
anyone got any ideas?

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