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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: ceasharp on March 10, 2013, 04:59 AM

Title: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: ceasharp on March 10, 2013, 04:59 AM
I am so excited that my Tridents have budded and the leaves have finally arrived. However, I am concerned that the shape of the leaf is not what I expected. The leaves have been out for about 2 weeks is this normal for early stages of the leaf?

Picture of my Trident (http://screencast.com/t/nyipQ9TR)
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: Judy on March 10, 2013, 12:01 PM
Are you SURE that these are trident?  Could be montpelier or hedge maple???
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: ceasharp on March 10, 2013, 01:34 PM
When I picked them up from the nursery the label said Trident. This is the first season that I have had them so I am not aware of how the leaves looked prior
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: bwaynef on March 11, 2013, 09:34 AM
Just a note:  You'll probably get better feedback if you post those images here.
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: rockm on March 11, 2013, 10:57 AM
There are several varieties of trident maples. Some have different leaf shapes. This one is one of those. It is a more specialized variety, more of a "frog's foot" leaf and tighter growth than the typical trident. I have one of these myself given to me by a friend who got it from Matt Ouwinga. Don't be too alarmed... ;D
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: Owen Reich on March 11, 2013, 11:24 AM
Could be Miyasama Kaede.  It has thick, fleshy leaves and more rounded lobes.  There are a number of Asian maples it could be though.  Kaede comes from the blurring of the words "kaeru no the" (hand of frog)  ;D.  Some photos of the overall form would help.
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: ceasharp on March 11, 2013, 12:27 PM
Ok I will get some pictures up soon.
Title: Re: Are these Trident maple leaves normal?
Post by: Owen Reich on March 11, 2013, 01:13 PM
Damn spell check.  Kaede comes from "Kaeru no t-e"