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    Tree ID in Oregon

    I have been trying to ID this tree for about 2 years with no luck. The tree is located in Wilsonville, OR (Zone 8 or 9) around my work complex. I have asked the maintenance personnel, but they have no idea. It is roughly 20 feet high, and the base of the tree seems to spread out into branches almost immediately. I attached a photo hoping someone will know what it is, and solve my little mystery.

    Thanks.
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    RE: Tree ID in Oregon

    That's a Japanese maple (Acer palmatum)

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    RE: Tree ID in Oregon

    And a rather nice one at that, IMO. I bet it is *really* colorful come Fall, huh? I'd love to nab some *that* seed, LOL...

    Alex

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    RE: Tree ID in Oregon

    Thank you for identifying it. I had a suspicion it was in the Japanese family, but I have always saw them in the red color. There is about 6 trees like this around the complex, and I have always enjoyed looking at them. I was thinking about getting a few for our yard.

    Thanks again,

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    RE: Tree ID in Oregon

    FWIW, there are literally hundreds of Acer palmatum cultivars, or 'special-types' that are available. The one you pic'd is the most 'basic' of them, and probably the most durable overall, and even a variety with very small leaves/seeds but with all else the same overall.

    Many cultivars are very touchy as to keeping them happy, so research well what you *want/need* and don't purchase on looks alone Some varieties of palmatums *are* purple in leaf most the time, but not this type. A. palmatum 'atropurpureum' is one that stays very purple, and so is Bloodgood, Emperor, and a number of other popular 'new' cultivars. There's also laceleaf Acers, dissectums (finely-cut leaf lobes) in both green or red/purple and varying Fall colorations of reds, oranges, and yellows. Few cultivars take to strong heat/sun very well, fwiw, though I doubt Oregon has full-broil toasting sun such as I get - it was 106F in shade yesterday! That was enough last year to prevent *any* leaves from scorching/crisping on my atropurpureum I had planted and it finally succumbed - and that was in afternoon shade, too.

    Definitely enough to make head spin when trying to decide on a type to plant, LOL!!! Have fun....

    Alex

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