|Fig. 1 Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' leafing and flowering. (March 26, 2011)|
Although the wind was still gusty after the storm, I went out in between rain showers. I thought that I'd take pictures of the Japanese maple trees in my backyard with special emphasis on the developing flowers.
Fig. 2 Clusters of small flowers mimic the color of the new branches and leaves.
|Fig. 3 Current year's branches coming out of older trunks.|
Fig. 4 Red flowers are borne on the ends of the previous year's branches.
|Fig. 5 Acer palmatum dissectum 'Viridis' with drooping branches.|
Fig. 6 Propped-up branch for a peek of the flower buds.
|Fig. 7 The four-year old Japanese maple do not have flowers as of this year.|
- Flowers are borne on new growths of the previous year's branches (Fig.1 and 4)
- Branches arising from old woody trunks do not flower on the first year (Fig. 3).
- Japanese maple grown from seeds takes several years (at least more than 4 years) before they flower (Fig. 7).
Plants growth is defined by nature's parameters - our role as gardeners is to figure them out.