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Why has my acer palmatum butterfly produced some large leaves?


By Deska

United Kingdom Gb

The plant is three years old and has produced two stems of large leaves. Do I just cut them off or should I do something else? It is in a Japanese style garden with slate ground cover and we are situated in South Yorkshire.




Hi Deska and welcome to GoY your Acer has been grafted and these stems are growing from below the graft cut them off and keep a watch out for any others that grow - they will be far more vigorous than the scion.

15 Sep, 2009


some plants with pale leaves will have a branch of deep green which as moongrower says will be more vigorous and in time overtake the shrub or tree, its usually because the green --not variegated or pale --have more chlorophyll my euonymus emeraldn'gold does it if branches are in the shade

15 Sep, 2009


Agree with Moongrower - cut off as near the rootstock as possible, if its coming from the base of the plant.

15 Sep, 2009


Thank you for the advice. I hadn't thought about it being grafted. I have done as suggested and cut off the stems. There are still a few largish leaves still which I will keep an eye on.

22 Sep, 2009


It may not be grafted - the growers and breeders cross hybridize to produce new varieties - sometimes the new varieties revert to one or other of the original parents - remove all branches with larger leaves as they appear.

23 Sep, 2009

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