Common name: Trident Maple
Characteristics: Deciduous tree to 6 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packets: 15
Erect branching stem with 75 mm tri-lobed leaves that are dark glossy green on the top and blue green on the undersides. The foliage will turn various shade or brilliant reds and oranges in the autumn.
In the spring months Trident Maple will bear yellow flowers which are not that significant.
Decorative tree and is a favourite to use as bonsai specimens.
Native to China and Japan.
Prefers a light to medium alkaline in a protected sunny position. Frost resistant but drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Cold stratification is recommended.
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates.
This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.