Fall Japanese Maple Study, Part 1

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.

Garnet Interior Composition
Garnet Interior Composition

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.

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 1
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 1

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.

Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 2
Garnet Japanese Maple Detail 2

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.


C. S.

14 thoughts on “Fall Japanese Maple Study, Part 1

      1. Thanks, C.S. I forgot to mention, though, that I did look for a japanese maple one year but none of the local nurseries had any. Maybe I’ll give it another try.

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    1. Thanks, I wish I had gotten a little more depth of field on the close ups. With a slight breeze I had to shoot at 1/320 sec. I need to be less afraid of higher IOS settings. You have a D750 too, are you comfortable shooting between 800 and 1200 IS0?


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