David Epstein: Alright, we are here today to talk about Japanese maple, Wayne Mezitt from Weston Nurseries. He is going to help us out and we are going to sort of give a little tour. I guess of the different ones, right?
Wayne Mezitt: This is the variegaited one, which is similar to the large leaf purple one than of the one that burgundy one that we see, except this is a green and you can see around the edges of the leaf, there is a white stripe that is really quite brilliant even in park shade it curls very well and then we got the cut leaf types. This is the green one, green cascade and you can see the leaf on this one that is very dissected and very segmented. The leaf is still the same shape, it is just that all the segments between the veins is cut out, that is why they call it a cutleaf maple.
David Epstein: They are called lace leaf.
Wayne Mezitt: Most of this grow on a spreading form which means they grow wider than tall, maybe six or eight feet high in a couple of decades.
David Epstein: Okay very slow, so good for like a paddy O or a corner area.
Wayne Mezitt: But, there is one type that grows up right. It is called Seiryu and it is grows into more of a normal Japanese maple tree form. This is the upright Seiryu the upright growing form; this grows into a small tree maybe 15 feet high. This is another form of a slower growing form of the Japanese maple, it is fairly upright it is sort of an intermediate between the Lace Leaf type and the normal burgundy one that we see.
David Epstein: Yes the leaves are wider than the Lace Leaf but not as wide as the big red ones.
Wayne Mezitt: It is a different species; it is fern leaf maple that we called it japonicum. The leaf has deep indentation in it, but it is not as cutleaf as the lace leaf form.
David Epstein: Our final stop today on the Japanese maple tour is acer palmatum bloodgood or the bloodgood Japanese maple and this is the one that a lot of people are familiar with.
Wayne Mezitt: It maintains a dark purple color all summer long and then in the fall it gets absolutely bright crimson. Of course in the shade it does not turn as red, even in the interior. This one, just a little shade of the branches, see how green they are.
David Epstein: Yes, it is greened up a little bit. Thanks Wayne.
Wayne Mezitt: Thank you Dave.
David Epstein: Why do you have an area, where you need a big one that is 15 to 20 feet or a little tiny one where you just want it around the potty O, there is certainly a Japanese maple for you.
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