Acer palmatum 'Shigi no hoshi'

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  1. maplesandpaws

    maplesandpaws Active Member

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    From Diana at Topiary Gardens.

    "Small, creamy white leaves with dark green veins will shine in a dark shaded area of the garden. In the summer, the leaves will become light cream-green with dark veins. Still very showy. Leaves are heavily serrated and smaller than 'Shigitatsu sawa'. Brilliant yellow fall color. This small tree will have a broad crown. 16 ft tall and 10 ft. wide at maturity. Best fresh look will be in dappled shade."

    Anyone know what the name would translate to?
     

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    mattlwfowler Active Member Maple Society

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    I'm no expert, but I believe literally it would mean: star of the sandpiper (or snipe)

    However, I suspect "shigi" is a play off of shigitatsu sawa (snipes rising from the swamp) with "no hoshi" referring to a star. Since it comes from a poetic background, I'm not sure if it translates properly without understanding the poem. The intended meaning is certainly deeper with shigitatsu sawa and I suspect it is no different with shigi no hoshi.
     
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    I really like this one so far, now I just have to find a spot it likes!
     

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    Figured I should post some more pictures of this lovely cultivar. I keep it in bright shade through the summer due to our intense sun/heat, like my Filigree, but I believe it could handle some morning sun and/or dappled sun later in the day. Growth habit seems to be very broad and somewhat pendulous.

    The reticulation does wash out a bit in the dead of summer (first pic is from July last year), but is still visible. The other two pictures are from a couple days ago.
     

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    mattlwfowler Active Member Maple Society

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    That is a good looking cultivar...may have to have one of those myself. I have a thing for reticulates.
     
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    Another favorite...
     

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    So nice in a shady spot.
     

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    LoverOfMaples Generous Contributor Maple Society

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    First time posting my 3yr old 'Shig no hoshi'
     

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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Hope there are many more D. There have been none for 5 years till this.
    It certainly deserves more attention.
     
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    Pic taken today. It seem to be progressing well.
     

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