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Q.Which Seeds Likely Came From This Japanese Maple?

Zone Potomac, MD 20854 | michael@nagans.com added on November 20, 2023 | Answered

We have a beautiful Japanese Maple that I’d like to try to propagate. I collected three types of seeds from underneath it, and I’m wondering if you can tell me which likely came from it: Top Row: I think this is the most likely. Middle Row: Seems to be some type of maple, but maybe not this one. Could the top 2 rows come from the same tree? Bottom Row: Maybe not even seeds, or maple seeds, but they were there too. I’d appreciate anything you can tell me, including any info about how best to propagate. It would probably be simpler to go to a nursery, but I’m kind of looking forward to the challenge! Thank you!

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Answered on November 20, 2023

Unfortunately, the photos of the seeds, themselves, did not come through. I will be unable to identify them.

Still, the seeds from any tree will not be the same as the parent. It may not even look similar.

What I can say is that Japanese maple seeds are typically rounder, larger, and have wings in a V shape, while standard maple seeds are more elongated with wings set at a wider angle, resembling a helicopter seed.


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