Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’ (GC)

Acer palmatum 'Gold Finch' (GC) in May

Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’ (GC) in May


Acer palmatum 'Gold Finch' (GC) in August

Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’ (GC) in August


Acer palmatum 'Gold Finch in October

Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’ (GC)


Acer palmatum 'Gold Finch' (GC) in November

Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’ (GC) in November


Acer palmatum Goldfinch (GC) fall colour

Acer palmatum Goldfinch (GC) fall colour

(Revised 17 Dec 2013)
There is a maple in my garden with light green small palmate leave in spring and summer. It is about 3.5 m high after more than 20 years. It was the rootstock of a maple cultivar that did not survive the initial planting. I left it there because I like its artistic structure and refined characteristic maple leaf shape. It the last few years, it has started to catch my attention for its spectacular fall colour of brilliant gold foliage. Although the intensity of the gold varies from year to year, the colour show is reliable. I nicknamed it ‘Gold Finch’ (GC).

4 comments


  1. Kevin
    March 17, 2017 | 8:26 pm
    Reply

    This is Kevin, again. If you propagate any of these, PLEASE let me know! Any idea what the parent tree was?


    • garcan
      March 18, 2017 | 10:02 am
      Reply

      Hi Kevin, I have not succeeded in grafting a ‘Gold Finch’ yet. The tree is actually the rootstock of a grafted maple. The graft itself died more than 20 years ago but the rootstock survived. So effectively it is just a no name maple from seed. That’s why I give is an unique name ‘Gold Finch’.


  2. Kevin
    April 9, 2015 | 3:08 pm
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    Wow, I would love an Acer palmatum ‘Gold Finch’! You should propagate some! 😉 I’ve been looking for a reliable upright green summer and fall pure yellow.


    • garcan
      April 9, 2015 | 4:07 pm
      Reply

      Hi Kevin, Not too many people appreciate the subtle beauty of green/gold maple colours. I meant to propagate it, just in case this one quits on me, but only get around to air-layer a couple of branches this year. I may attempt to graft a couple next year.

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