Acer griseum x maximowiczianum (A. nikoense) ‘Girard’s’ – Girard’s Maple
Girard’s Maple is a hybrid of A. griseum and A. maximowiczianum that displays some of the best characteristics of both. It is appreciated for its flaking (“cat scratched”) bark (see below left), trifoliate bluish green leaves and orange-red fall color. Girard’s maple does well in Kentucky compared to it's parents; clean foliage, better transplantability and heat tolerance, red-orange fall color (see below) and some increased hardiness from the A. maximowiczianum parent. Hartman, and Kester's Plant Propagation, 7th Edition, mentions that maintaining stock plants that are trained specically for cutting prpagation increases success when softwood cutting preparation is combined with high doses of IBA. Some excellent specimens by the Lake in Bernhiem arboretum display the vigor described for this cultivar (see right).
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