Acer Palmatum 'Hogyuko' Japanese Maple - 5 Viable Seeds
Acer Palmatum Hogyuko- One of the most lovely Japanese Maple
5 Fresh Seeds
Every Japanese Maple has a distinctive beauty, and 'Hogyoku' is one of the most lovely. Acer palmatum 'Hogyoku' is well known for it's bright Orange fall color as shown in the picture. In japanese Hogyoku means "a jewel." Beautiful light green foliage in the summer gives way to one of the best fall displays of all maples.. Strong, hardy and easy to grow. Will mature at 12' in 10-12 years. Perfect small yard specimen tree. Responds well to pruning and sometimes can be seen shaped like a giant pumpkin to enhance its rich pumpkin-orange color in the fall. Ideal as a specimen, as well as bonsai. A gorgeous tree!
Hogyoku Japanese Maple is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Plant Characteristics: Hogyoku Japanese Maple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet . It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.
This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
First of all we soak the seeds in lukewarm (not hot!) water for 48 hours. This softens the seed coat a little. Next we mix the seed with a little damp (not too wet) sphagnum moss or peat and put it in a plastic zipper bag. Leave the seeds in this humid atmosphere for 4-6 weeks at room temperature.
leave the zipper bag in the refrigerator for 60 to 90 days. This is to mimic the natural action of seeds going through a winter season. After the 90 days sow in trays or pots filled with a good seed compost. If you have a seed propagator use it or find a warm place to maintain a steady temperature of 65-70F (18-20C)
Cover the seeds to their own depth: ¼ Inch (6 mm) with seed compost.
Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 2-3 inch pots.