Field Maple

Acer campestre

Field Maple - Acer campestre

Common Name: Field Maple
Genus: Acer
Species: campestre

The Latin translation of the word Acer refers to the texture and strength of the wood that plants in this Genus produce.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Makes a good hedge, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 3.00 m (300 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: Green, Red, YellowFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This fast growing native makes a wonderful dense deciduous hedge and is quite tolerant of coastal conditions and cold exposed sites. In spring the emerging deeply lobed foliage is flushed with red but it gradually turns a lush mid green and stays that colour throughout summer. It then takes on buttery yellow tones as the temperatures start to drop again in autumn. Small greenish-yellow flowers appear in spring which are hardly noticeable but the subsequent winged fruits are quite attractive. Plant at 45cm intervals.

Garden Care: Cut back in winter when the plants are fully dormant as Acers tend to 'bleed' sap if cut while they are actively growing.

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