|SJG • 11/8/14 - Koto-no-Ito maple in the courtyard;|
Maggie: 'Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-Ito - Terrific!'
Last Saturday we had a continuing education class on fall maples in Japanese Garden. A few days before the event Maggie went to the Garden to inspect the trees and this is what she reported to the rest of the Plant List Committee (a hapless group that was tasked with educating/informing the rest of docents on the autumnal state of our maples):
Hello Plant Listers,
I visited the garden today to take a look at the Maples. And the news isn’t very good…Here is a summary:
Acer capillipes - very few leaves in area Z; more leaves remain in are M, but they are pretty brown
‘Burgandy Lace’ - okay for leaves, but the color is dull
Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ - maybe 10 brown shaggy leaves left
Acer palmatum ‘Shigitatsu sawa’ - mabye 20 brown shaggy leaves left
Acer circinatum - no leaves left
Acer nikoense - Actually quite a few colorful red leaves
Acer palmatum ‘Samidare’ - still leaves on the tree, and they are dull yellow or green
Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’ - still green leaves on the tree; at the treetop, a few changing to yellow
Acer plamatum ‘Omato’ - forgot to make a note, but think the leaves are on and are red
Acer palmatum ‘Tsuma Gake’ - leaves on…the fall color is dull brown
Acer palmatum ‘Koto-no-Ito - Terrific!
Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki Akame’ - Terrific!
Acer griseum Paper Bark Maple - very few leaves; mostly old samaras
Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ - leaves all gone
Acer palmatum ‘Yatsubusa’ - many rather dull brown leaves
Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ - Area B specimen has no leaves; Area C has orange leaves
|SJG • 11/8/14 - Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' in Area C: few orange leaves still attached, but most of them are blanketing the ground below the tree (a.p. 'Dissectum' in Area B is completely bare)|
The combo of such a warm fall, then rain and wind, and the Maple Tour scheduled this late in the fall, our tour is a bit compromised. What is providing color…the Ginkos, Acer Japonica, and blooming Camellia Sasanquas.
Thinking that the paucity of the maples might shorten the tour, maybe we spend a bit more time in the Tateuchi room talking about the maples? We hand our the Maples booklet, the glossary, bibliography, and the Maple Information sheet, right?
|SJG • 11/8/14 euonymus myrianthus fruit|
in Area S (native to W. China)
|SJG • 11/8/14 - euonymus hamiltonianus|
in Area L (native to Japan to Himalayas)
Maple leaves being or not being there, we still had a grand time: looked at magnificent ginkos, blooming camellias, euonymus and persimmon in fruit.