Acer palmatum Mayday

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Acer palmatum Mayday


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Acer palmatum Mayday is related to Mikawa yatsubusa – rare and very collectible.  

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Acer palmatum Mayday has an unusual name for an unusual maple. Mayday was a chance seedling from  Mikawa yatsubusa – but unlike Mikawa this maple is smaller and a very slow grower similar to Japanese Princess – also related.  Acer palmatum Mayday a dwarf shrub-like maple with an irregular form and short internodes the distince between two leaves.  As the leaves emerge they overlap each other and form tight bunches while the structure of the trunk is unique – the branches seem to layer and twist to form a natural looking bonsai.  Spring foliage is pinkish white, turning blonde-green by early summer. Fall color transitions from yellow to orange and sometimes crimson. Morning sun in well-drained soil is preferred with some shade during the late afternoon.  This is a very, very slow growing maple.  Estimated size is 3′ tall by 3′ wide in 10 years. Once established this cultivar is hardy to -20 degrees. USDA zone 5.

Japanese Maples like good drainage, in fact they require good drainage or root rot may develop and weaken the maple. When a maple or any other tree is weakened it is more susceptible to disease such as Verticillium Wilt or Pseudomonas. For this reason I recommend you read Planting Japanese Maples  and Care and Maintenance of Japanese Maples. 

Acer palmatum Mayday – like any Japanese Maple may require some pruning to form the structure of the tree and to remove dead branches. Discovered and introduced by Talon Buchholz for his Flora Wonder ™ Collection at Buchholz Nursery. For more information on pruning your maples please see Pruning Japanese Maples.

Note: Additional 1 gallon Acer palmatum Mayday maples will be available April/May 2020.

Limited availability.

The first photo of Mayday is one in my inventory. The next three are courtesy of Buchholz Nursery.  The last photo is a Mayday maple next to a Japanese Princess, both 1 gallon size.


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