Back in 2001, I built a Japanese water garden in my backyard. During the planning phase, I quickly became a fan of Japan Maples, Acer palmatum. This fall, I was determined to capture the spectacular colors on display at Arboretum Park in Greensboro, as well as my own backyard. This first post features a gorgeous Garnet cultivar at the park. I stalked this tree, which I estimate to be close to 100 years old, for several weeks; waiting for the leaves to reach their peak color.
The Garnet cultivar featured in this post is of the dissectum or “lace leaf” form, which are commonly featured as accent planting or specimen plantings. Named after its gemstone like deep reddish orange spring color, the Garnet originated in a Dutch nursery and is known for its larger dissectum leaves. Of course, its also well known for the breathtaking display of fall color.
Like us, Japanese maples are especially appreciated for their uniqueness. Popular cultivars like the Garnet, have been carefully propagated through decades, and even centuries, of various grafting techniques.
Thanks for stopping by today! I have more lovely Acer palmatum photos to share in upcoming posts. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.