Monday, June 18, 2007


Our newest Japanese Maple for Sarah’s Pond.
This cultivar, listed in Japan as early as 1710 Acer palmatum 'Dissectum' a cutleaf Japanese maple Tamukeyama is named for Mount Tamukeya in Kyushu, also known as Mushashi's Mountain because it is the site of a shrine to the famous warrior Musashi Miyamoto (1584-1645), The meaning of the name Tamukeyama is literally "Hands folded in prayer (upon the) mountain" or "Mountain of Prayerful Offering." Tamuke can be anything spiritual, or any offering to the spirit world of divinities or of departed loved ones, but is in particular a traditional song originating among Zen monks, typically played upon the mournful shakuhachi (flute) for the souls of the remembered dead.


Ki said...

You have a very beautiful example of the Tamukeyama. Unfortunately decent size Japanese maples are expensive. I have a Tamukeyama but I don't even know where it is in the yard. I looked on my hastily drawn chart of all the Japanese maples but where I marked the Tamukeyama is definitely not where it is. There's and Orido Nishiki there and nothing else. I'll have to do a search.

Because of the high cost, I haunt the big box stores in the fall hoping that they would reduce the price on their remaining trees which they usually do and I have purchased trees which they were trying to sell for $100 for $25. Just the other week I bought 5 Red Emperors for $25 each at SAMS even though it's not close to fall. They were originally for sale at $50 each then went up to $75 and finally down to $25. They were tall but skinny trees at least 7 feet tall. I bought only one but my wife said only one? Went back the next day and bought them out.

DeeMom said...

Living in a mostly rural area, sometimes prices for “Things” are good.

I research and cost compare…Research pays off to be sure.

Glad you got the rest of the trees, your wife must be awesome.