Japanese maples aren’t raw food for humans per se, but they are so for some birds. The large maple does attract birds like the dark-eye junco and finches when their leaves are full of seeds.
Lucky for us, the mature maple has showered so many needs onto our patio garden, and a few saplings have sprouted this spring! Here are the five that have popped up… I hope they will all survive. If you take a look at the penultimate (4th) photo, you’ll see an actual seed in the lower right corner, which is quite small in real life and hopefully gives you a sense of scale. The saplings are tiny!
The variations in leaf color differ even amongst these saplings, and I cannot wait to see how they’ll look once they get taller!