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Acer cappadocicum

Caucasian maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height8m to 30m
  • Spread15m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourGreen-grey, golden yellow

Description

Acer cappadocicum (Caucasian maple). This species is a fast growing maple with a dense, broad crown, which can reach 30m in height in the wild. It has green-grey bark, which becomes shallowly ridged as it matures. Smooth, grey-green leaves are produced when young, maturing to bright green, with regular, triangular lobes, each lobe being drawn out into a slender point. The leaf stems are red to burgundy and ooze white sap when broken. Yellow-green flowers appear in May, turning into double winged seeds in autumn. Autumn foliage turns a brilliant golden yellow.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Cappadocian maple, Maple

Origin

China, N. Turkey, Iran, Himalayas. Introduced to the UK in 1839.

Interest and use

Specimen, parks, urban areas and banks.

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Needs

  • LightShade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Fertile, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

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

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

Leaf eating caterpillars or aphids sometimes infest plants. Also prone to scale insects, tar spot, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.

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