Join thousands of gardeners across the UK who use our free service to buy, sell and swap plants ... and much more.

Acer carpinifolium

For sale by Bluebell Nursery

This grower is sure of this plant identification.

A rare, hardy species with exquisite narrow leaves and good autumn colour. From Japan, where it grows in woodlands and by mountain streams. Acer carpinifolium has leaves quite unlike other maples.

They are long, narrow, serrated and very similar to Carpinus (Hornbeam). Dark green in spring/summer, they turn bright yellow with earthy tones in autumn. A fascinating and elegant tree. Supplied size: 3L containers (2-3 years old, 80-100 cm tall)

Copyright 2013 © Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery

Acer carpinifolium | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Acer carpinifolium | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Acer carpinifolium | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

To add this listing to your plant request, you need to be a member of GreenPlantSwap. Please log in or sign up free now.

Grower Notes

Hornbeam or Maple?

The tree in front of you looks very like a hornbeam, (Carpinus betulus), with beautifully understated, ovate, conspicuously parallel ribbed leaves but examine how the leaves are arranged. If it were a hornbeam the leaves, (or buds in the winter months), would be arranged alternately.

This rare plant is actually a maple, Acer carpinifolium and the buds or leaves, as with all maples are perfectly opposite to each other, each pair of leaves being at 90 degrees to the pairs of leaves above and below them.

Acer carpinifolium is rare in cultivation. It was introduced from Japan by Charles Maries in 1879 who introduced lots of fine plants to the UK, notably the familiar Viburnum plicatum 'Mariesii'.

A small tree in cultivation, the Hornbeam Maple has lovely autumn colours. Acer carpinifolium is dioecious, i.e., the male and female flowers are born on separate plants.

Extract from an information poster in our arboretum

Plant Finder: about Acer carpinifolium

Common names

Hornbeam maple, Chidorinoki


Acer carpinifolium (Hornbeam maple). This slow-growing Japanese maple has very finely toothed lobed leaves. Spring leaves have a silky coating, with fine veins and in the autumn the leaves turn golden yellow. Long racemes of delicate green-yellow flowers are produced in Spring, which turn into green winged fruits. These turn pale brown as they ripen. It is an upright, narrow-crowned tree which can reach 6m or more. The Japanese name is Chidorinoki, or "zigzag tree". The creased, veined leaves resemble those of the Hornbeam (Carpinus).


Acers are fully to frost hardy and will require sun or semi-shade in fertile, well-drained soil.

Interest and use

Ornamental, foliage interest.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

View Full Plant Finder Record
Acer carpinifolium | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Meet the grower

Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
View Grower pageMessage Grower
  • Grower

Plant Finder listings

Production v5.9.2 (d960957)