Acer palmatum Seeds
Acer palmatum are deciduous small trees and shrubs, with opposing five pointed leaves, native to Japan, China and Korea. There are at present hundreds of varieties in cultivation. Palmatum species are separated from other Acer species within their genus by way of their 5 pointed leaves. They are very popular for use as bonsai due to their ready ability to respond to most bonsai techniques, beautiful foliage and graceful branch structure.
Maples are unrivalled for their autumn foliage colouring and variety of leaf shapes and textures. Maples are a very popular choice for the art of bonsai and many are compact enough for the average garden. Their flowers are green, yellow, orange or red and though individually small, the effect of an entire tree in flower can be striking in several species. Bark is another feature of some maples, although usually smooth grey or greenish, in the group known as the ‘snake bark maples’ it has longitudinal grey or red-brown stripes and in others it is flaky or papery. Most of the approximate 129 species come from East Asia, particularly China, where over 80 species can be found, Japan, with more than 20 species, and the eastern Himalayas. Most species are deciduous, but a few in southern Asia and the Mediterranean region are evergreen. Most maples prefer a cool, moist climate with ample rainfall in spring and summer. A planting position sheltered from strong winds suits them best. For best autumn colour, grow them in a neutral to acid soil. Propagation is generally from seed but grafting is also an option. Seed germination is aided by stratification.
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The Acer genus includes, but is not limited to the following species. Acer capillipes, Acer cappadocicum, Acer carpinifolium, Acer caudatifolium, Acer caudatum, Acer ceriferum, Acer chapaense, Acer cinnamomifolium, Acer circinatum, Acer circumlobatum, Acer cissifolium, Acer confertifolium, Acer cordatum, Acer coriaceifolium, Acer crassum, Acer crataegifolium, Acer creticum, Acer davidii, Acer diabolicum, Acer discolor, Acer distylum, Acer duplicatoserratum, Acer elegantulum, Acer erythranthum, Acer eucalyptoides, Acer nikoense, Acer nipponicum, Acer oblongum, Acer obtusifolium, Acer olivaceum, Acer oliverianum, Acer opalus, Acer opulifolium, Acer orientale, Acer palmatum, Acer pauciflorum, Acer paxii, Acer pectinatum, Acer pensylvanicum, Acer pentaphyllum, Acer pentapomicum, Acer pictum, Acer pilosum, Acer platanoides, Acer pseudoplatanus, Acer pseudosieboldianum and Acer taipuense, Acer tataricum, Acer tegmentosum, Acer tenellum, Acer tetramerum, Acer tibetense, Acer tonkinense, Acer trautvetteri, Acer triflorum, Acer trilobatum, Acer truncatum and Acer tschonoskii.