8 responses to “Acer caudatifolium”

  1. Robert Roggeveen

    Oh to be in Vancouver, B.C. Winter is finally over in West Hartford, CT.
    I so enjoyed visiting the botanical garden when my daughter was in graduate school at UBC.

  2. Ann Kent HTM

    Gorgeous photo, Daniel. I really appreciate the variety of maple infloresence, native and introduced, that we can observe in our gardens, boulevards, and parks in Vancouver. The colour range is spectacular and they definitely merit closer attention. This is a good time of year to remember to tuck a magnifying glass in my raincoat pocket when I am out walking.

  3. Douglas Justice

    What’s not to like? Acer caudatifolium has beautiful, slender, arching branches with faintly white-striped sea-green bark, and un-lobed, birch-like deciduous leaves (more obviously lobed on juvenile shoots) with long, tail-like drip tips. The epithet caudatifolium means tail-leaved, a feature clearly seen in Daniel’s beautiful photo. Kawakami maple is one of a group of maple species known as the snake-bark (or striped-bark) maples.
    In the David C. Lam Asian Garden in the Botanical Garden, this vigorous species is allowed to grow with low branches. This takes up room, but protects the thin photosynthetic bark from sun scald, and also prevents trees from putting all of their energy into a single stem, which usually results in a top-heavy crown. Maintaining a snake bark maple on a single stem nearly always shortens the life of the tree, mostly because branch attachments are not always strong, and losing a large branch can do a lot of damage to the trunk (snake barks don’t heal their wounds all that readily). Another congenital defect of snake-bark maples is their propensity for “J-roots,” a surprisingly common condition where one or more main lateral roots wrap around the stem just below ground level. If not corrected at the earliest transplanting stage (when seedling roots can be teased apart and offending roots safely redirected or removed), growth of the main stem will become increasingly constricted (the lateral root essentially strangling the stem).

  4. Jerry

    Acer rubrum. That’s what we enjoy here in SW Louisiana.

  5. michael aman

    Here in the Northeast, our hillsides are famous for their October displays of orange, yellow, and red–mostly from our maples. But most people need to be hit over the head with beauty like this before they will see it. Most of them completely miss the early spring display of blooming which is just as beautiful but a bit more subtle with lacy greens, lime greens, yellows, pinks, and ruby-reds.

  6. Ron B

    I grew A. caudatifolium in Island County, WA for a time but it died one winter.
    Another reason trees with bark interest are better with multiple trunks is you then have more bark to look at.

  7. Joey Jechenthal

    Beautiful photo of a beautiful plant (as usual)!
    This is my first Spring in the Pacific NW, and I’m enjoying the heck out of seeing so many flowers that are unfamiliar. I can’t help but be stunned by the gorgeous Big Leaf maples in flower around here – Redmond, WA.
    Thanks for what you do!
    I hope to visit your botanical garden now that we’re practically neighbors!

  8. Alison Place

    Our sugar maple buds are now a gorgeous red, and due to open. I love seeing the long tassels covering the trees in the spring. They’re such a fresh green, too.

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