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  • Acer davidii | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • BloomsMay to April
  • Height6m to 15m
  • Spread15m
  • Growth HabitBroad arching
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green, yellow, orange

Description

Acer davidii (Père David's maple). This maple has an open arching habit, and it has striped grey-green bark. The ovate leaves are dark green and glossy, long and pointed at the end but mostly unlobed. In the autumn they turn yellow-orange. In a cool, humid climate, this tree grows rapidly to about 10m.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Snake-bark maple

Origin

China. Named after a Basque missionary priest called Armand David 1869.

Interest and use

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  • Acer davidii | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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