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Acer campestre

Hedge maple

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  • Acer campestre | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Acer campestre | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & May
  • Height6m to 15m
  • Spread3m to 4m
  • Growth HabitUpright round
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourGreen, turning bright yellow

Description

Acer campestre (Hedge maple). The leaves on this species are small, and dull green in the summer and then turn bright yellow in the autumn, out-shining many other UK native trees in colour at this time of year.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Field maple, Common maple, Maple

Origin

Europe and Western Asia

Interest and use

It is very useful as a pest-free hedge, for banks or a small, street tree. Grow for autumn colour.

The Field Maple was the favoured wood for medieval instrument makers and to make the drinking bowls called 'mazers'. Saxon harps were once made of Maple wood, as was made apparent from the famous discovery of the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, UK.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

It will tolerate dry, poor sandy soils.

Propagation

Species are propagated by seed, or by grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring, or by budding in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Didymosporina aceris, Uncinula bicornis, Nectria galligena, and verticillium wilt, gall mites in the genus Aceria and Periphyllus villosus.

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