ID Acer

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  1. Atsoh

    Atsoh New Member

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    Hello everyone! ..my name is Luca and I decide to be a member in this forum because I am passionate about plants/nature and recently started to get passionate about the world of maples. I’m hungry to learn from the many enthusiasts that are in this forum.
    So let's get started, ..I came across this maple I saw in a schoolyard, can anyone help me identify it?

    Thanks

    P.S: my english is not so good and i make some mistakes in the writing
     

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    emery Renowned Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Hi Luca, and welcome to the forum.

    I'm not very good at the game of identifying Japanese Maple cultivars, especially from photos, but I can at least tell you the species: Acer amoenum. This was formerly known as Acer palmatum subsp. amoenum. If it is a seedling, it might properly be called Acer amoenum f. atropurpureum.

    Because of the difficulty of determining the parentage of cultivars, JM cultivars are now simply referred to as "Acer", with a group given, as in Acer 'Bloodgood' (Atropurpureum Group). To make things even more confusing, there is also a cultivar named 'Atropurpureum', which may very well be what you have here: Acer 'Atropurpureum' (Atropurpureum Group).

    Cheers, -E

    P.S. Your English seems excellent as far as I can tell!
     
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    Thanks Emery for the prompt and thorough answer, I think you hit the mark.
    Around the plant I picked some seedlings that differ a little in colours and leaves shape, ..genetic variations are always interesting.
    As soon as they recover I will post some photos.
    Thanks again
     
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    alex66 Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    Atsoh welcome!
    Dichotomous keys required:
    have this maple the graft point?
    the date of this pics
    which is the age ?
    autumn colors
    expo and pH soil
    colors of the samaras
     
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    How many questions! :))
    Thank you for the welcome / Grazie per il benvenuto,
    As I wrote in my introduction, the maple is not mine, I found it in a park.
    Unfortunately I am unable to answer the questions to better identify it, however the dates are written in the name of the photos, June and April.
    Thanks for the dichotomous keys, I will need them, ..I’m sure
     
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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Welcome Luca,

    And "prego per il benvenuto" :-)

    I second what Emery said. I have grafted one that looks a lot like yours, and it was labelled 'Atropurpureum'. It definitely looks like a form of "purple"amoenum, most of them become green/bronze colour as the season goes.
     
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    Thanks AlainK for confirming, ..et pour ton accueil!
    These are some of the seedlings I picked around the mother plant, .. I hope that next year they will keep the same variations.
     

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    AlainK Renowned Contributor Forums Moderator Maple Society 10 Years

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    Very nice !

    Take good care of them, some could be top of the bench trees some day ;-) ...
     
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