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Acer

Observed: 28th November 2010 By: sian.rowlandsian.rowland’s reputation in Plants
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This acer began with a small green leaf and was quite compact then during the summer it developed long brances with large red leaves. I first thought this was maybe a root stock but when I looked more closely both leaf types are on the same branch. Has anyone any idea what has happened and should i just prune off the branch tips to remove the larger leaves??
Thanks

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Vinny's picture

Reversion

If the plant was supposed to be a dwarf variety of Acer palmatum,then yes prune the long branches out - or they will soon takeover. Reversion is a common occurence in named varieties of garden plants, and maples seem more prone to it. Variegated forms in particular will revert back to green.

Vinny's picture

Forgot to say...

...that since micropropagation techniques were introduced about 25 years ago Japanese Maple varieties are often produced this way. It's a cheaper technique than grafting (less labour intensive) so this plant might not even have a rootstock.

sian.rowland's picture

Re: Advice

Thank you for the advice. I will prune it as soon as it has thawed!!!