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Old 07-15-2019, 11:38 AM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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No, they are both maples but they aren't the same species of maple. Those green branches are suckers from a different maple. There are two possibilities - (1) is that a completely separate green maple is growing beside the red Japanese laceleaf maple - and (2) is that the red laceleaf maple was orginally grafted onto the root stock of the green maple and now the green root stock has sent out some suckers of its own from below or in the vicinity of the graft. Number 2 is the most likely explanation.

In any case if you want to save the life of the red Japanese laceleaf maple you need to cut away all the green leaved maple sucker branches as close as possible to the trunk or roots. And you need to do that as soon as possible. Otherwise the suckers WILL overgrow and overwhelm and sap all energy and food away from the red maple, it will get way too big and the red will die. Guaranteed. That would be a terrible shame since the red laceleaf is a truly beautiful, elegant, valuable little tree and has the promise to get larger and very majestic looking. And that green maple is just a scrag whose only value would have been the rough root stock that was used for grafting. You will also have to check from time to time to ensure that no more green suckers are appearing.

It would be good if you could take pictures of the area under the branches close to the tree trunk(s) and ground just to determine the origin of the green maple suckers.

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I didn't realize they're usually grafted (been trying to grow a baby from a tree that I found on the ground. LOL). That would explain all that. There is no other green maple nearby, so I'm going with #2. I'll definitely get this under control and keep an eye on it now that I know why another type of maple is growing out of the original bush (or what I think of as the original). I love the little red laceleaf tree, so pretty.

If I cut the green maple off, can I plant it? LOL. I love Japanese maples, I just don't want two growing out of the same area. haha.
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:06 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ~🌄 ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️🌄~
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I didn't realize they're usually grafted (been trying to grow a baby from a tree that I found on the ground. LOL). That would explain all that. There is no other green maple nearby, so I'm going with #2. I'll definitely get this under control and keep an eye on it now that I know why another type of maple is growing out of the original bush (or what I think of as the original). I love the little red laceleaf tree, so pretty.

If I cut the green maple off, can I plant it? LOL. I love Japanese maples, I just don't want two growing out of the same area. haha.
You can try to root some cuttings taken from the new growth end tips from the green maple. If you're going to try that you will need to do it very soon.

Instructions for Propagating Japanese Maples from Cuttings


- http://agverra.com/blog/propagating-...from-cuttings/


- https://homeguides.sfgate.com/start-...ree-41878.html

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Old 07-16-2019, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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The leaf structure is difference, so I assume the green portion is growning from the grafted root ball of a more hardy, green variety of Japanese maple, and the red is the ornamental lace-leaf variety that is meant to be present.

Trace back the green shoots and see where they are originating from and cut back.
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