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Old 02-13-2018, 12:18 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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We have this tree in our front yard, love it. It's some kind of weeping Japanese Maple tree, likely 10 - 12 years old. We've not timed it up since we bought the house 2 years ago. Would love to know what kind this is, as we have an open spot about 15 feet from it that would be perfect for a "sister" of it. But, nobody seems to know for sure what it is.


Internet pictures suggest a "red dragon", but again, no expert here. Colors are usually red in spring/fall, and green during summer.


Any ideas?


Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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There are many varieties of Japanese Maple...can't tell from photo but if you take the measurements of the tree and tell a gardening center it is a red one, they might be able to locate a very similar tree for you.

If it were me, I would not be concerned over variety as the red ones look much alike...they don't have to match, so to speak...
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:19 AM
 
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You might want to take a picture of a leaf as well for the garden center. Some are threadier than others.

We have enjoyed a couple of weeping ones and were happily surprised at our Bloodgood Japanese Maple,which is not weeping.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:20 AM
 
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Looks to be a 'Garnet Japanese Maple Tree'.
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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Take a leaf to a good nursery with pictures of the tree in good light.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:50 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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Thanks everyone! I looked up Garnet Japanese Maple, and that appears to be an identical match. Same leaf type (laceleaf), same height and same color patterns throughout the year.


Now the question of where to buy another that is relatively mature....
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:07 PM
 
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Meadows Farms was fabulous when we lived in Northern Va. They don't seem to have their closer in farm now but do have the one further out in Chantilly. You could check them out for one place:

Garnet Cutleaf Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Garnet') in Richmond Fairfax Loudoun Prince William Fredericks Virginia VA at Meadows Farms Nurseries
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Old 02-17-2018, 07:34 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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We have this tree in our front yard, love it. It's some kind of weeping Japanese Maple tree, likely 10 - 12 years old. We've not timed it up since we bought the house 2 years ago. .....
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Thanks everyone! I looked up Garnet Japanese Maple, and that appears to be an identical match. Same leaf type (laceleaf), same height and same color patterns throughout the year.

Now the question of where to buy another that is relatively mature....

Yes, it's a lace leaf Garnet Japanese Maple. They are exquisite trees to have in any landscaping, I love them. And yours, judging by the size of trunk, height and spread, is a mature tree that I'd put at likelier around 25 - 30 years old, maybe even older. They are quite slow growers. It might possibly have already been a fairly mature nursery container tree when it was first transplanted into that location in front of your house, however long ago that was.

If you try to find another mature lace leaf Japanese maple close to that same size be warned in advance, it's probably going to cost you a pretty penny so take your time finding something suitable and shop wisely. They are generally expensive trees even as small saplings and the older and bigger they get the more expensive they get by leaps and bounds. So you will be looking at into many hundreds to even thousands of dollars depending on the size and age of the tree you choose. But they are so beautiful in their fanciful spreading growth habits, even when the leaves have dropped for winter the trees are still exquisite, the lacey bare branches ethereal in appearance, I feel they are worth the center piece prices they demand.

If you get another be sure to plant it in a location where its root system won't have any competition from the roots of other trees or plants, that's even including competitive grass roots. The lace leaf Japanese maples have rather delicate lacey root systems that grow close to the surface rather than going deep into the ground and they need to be protected, they truly can not compete well with aggressive roots of other trees/plants and grasses.

The one you have now is in an ideal planting location because of the raised bed, well prepared so there's less risk of invasion even from the grass roots in the lawn that surrounds the raised bed. It's a beautiful, healthy looking tree.

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