Can a Viridis do it?

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  1. chumasero

    chumasero Active Member

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    Meant to plant a Waterfall above the retaining wall in my back yard. Due to the availability, I was wondering if a Viridis can perform as good (I mean its flowing over the wall) as the Waterfall does in the picture (which I borrowed from the website of the Fantastic Plants). Which one tolerates the sun exposure better?
    Thanks.
    PG

    See: http://fantasticplants.com/Merchant...ore_Code=FP&Product_Code=1880C&Category_Code= for a photograph
     
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  2. MtnGato

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    Viridis

    My understanding is that the name "Viridis" has, in many instances, become the generic term for "green laceleaf Japanese maple". So you might not get the same growth characteristics from one "Viridis" as from another.
     
  3. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Borrowed?

    What exactly do you mean by borrowed? Images placed on the forums are the responsibility of the poster. When pictures are put on websites such as ours it is considered publishing. People own the images that they create. I know people use images from the net in presentations and to send to friends all the time. Problems can arise when you post an image on a public site that you do not own or have permission to use. Some people consider this stealing not borrowing. It is always a good idea to check the image use policy of the website and/or ask permission before copying an image to another website. Alternately you can link to the image where it is already published.

    As to the waterfall idea, I like it a lot. Landscape design has used rocks and plants to simulate water and movement before. Japanese garden design comes to mind.
     
  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Eric,

    I checked it and it is Fantastic Plants' photo. Made edits as seen above.

    Daniel
     
  5. Dale B.

    Dale B. Active Member Maple Society 10 Years

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    I think that you are right about 'Viridis' being a generic term for any green weeping dissectum. Some don't weep as much as others. I think that pruning and shaping will be the key to getting the results that you want. With any of them you may have to use weights and other means to make the tree go where you want it to.

    Dale
     
  6. mr.shep

    mr.shep Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Actually the general term in the nursery trade was Green
    Laceleaf for many years. That heading denoted any green
    dissectum that was not named or did not have a name tag.
    I surely hope that Viridis has not been used elsewhere as
    any old standard green weeper as many of you might be
    surprised to learn what the old standard green dissectum
    looked like. Viridis is an absolute jewel for a Maple in
    comparison.

    The growth habit of Viridis and Waterfall are essentially
    the same. A lot depends on how high the graft is but both
    Maples will tend to have their brach tips and the lowest
    branches cascade down naturally and over a waterfall if
    that is what we want it to do. Both Maples tend to grow
    outward much more than up as even 80 year old Viridis
    are generally only about 12-14' tall but can get up to 20'
    or more wide. Both can tolerate Sacramento sun but will
    scorch some in the Summer with your warm to hot winds.
    Block the Maple from the winds and grow it in full sun.
    You'll get better Fall color if you do.

    Jim
     

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