Which Japanese Maple does this look like?

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    acerAU05 Member

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    I am fairly new to the Japanese Maple craze but I am now completely addicted. I finished building our new home 2 years ago and to save money, I did all the landscaping. I started with 5 JM because they are popular and are good for the landscape. Not really knowing what I was doing or how I would later be affected, I did not pay attention to what I had purchased. Now, I am much more careful and have increased my collection to 12 JM. I have identified all but one of the original 5. I have attached some pictures as I could not figure out how to post them on the website. I have a book by J.D. Vertrees & think that it might possibly be iijima sunago but I am not sure. It has 5 different colors of leaves right now (end of May). The bark of the tree is green w/ white, vertical lines running almost the entire length up (also visible in the pictures). All the shoots are also green. I do appologize for the size of the pics. Any help that could shed some light on this cultivar would be greatly appreciated. It is mostly due to this website that I have expanded my collection of JM. I have a Seiryu arriving this week.
     

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    alex66 Rising Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    maybe Fiori d'arancio=flower orange
     
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    Also, the underside of the juvenile & older leaves is a brilliant green color.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Hi Acer, Not sure either about 'Iijima Sunago', the leaves seem to be more deeply dissected on your tree than what I've noticed here. Your photos are sized well. Here is a photo from May 26/09. The smaller pinkish leaves at lower right are the youngest growth.
     

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    chimera,
    Which cultivar is it that you posted a pic of? Does it also have the Green striped bark?
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    It's the 'Iijima Sunago' here, will have a closer look at the bark and underleaves this afternoon. It has some very large leaves at times. Has your tree set seed ?
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    'Iijima sunago' bark for comparison. A large leaf measured 14cm. {5 1/2"} long x 18cm. {7"} wide tip to tip.
     

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    chimera,
    Thank you so much for your help. On the pics you just sent, how old is that maple as it looks fairly large.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Acer, you're welcome. It's 20 years plus, about H5m. x W5.5m {H15' x W17'}, about 12cm {5" diameter} caliper. It came from Duncan and Davies out of New Zealand. There is some more information in the Photo Gallery of other members trees, www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=8472 you may have already seen.
     
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