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Acer giraldii

Girald's Maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height6m to 15m
  • Spread15m
  • Growth HabitHemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGlossy dark green

Description

Acer giraldii (Girald's Maple). This is a deciduous spreading tree. The leaves are like those of the Sycamore, are ovate and emerge with a blue-green bloom in the spring. They turn glossy and dark green, before fading into shades of bright orange in the autumn. Leaf stems are long and pink. The flowers are umbels of yellow five-petaled blooms.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

C. China

Interest and use

Ornamental

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°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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