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Acer lobelii

Lobel's maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height17m to 20m
  • Spread5m to 8m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitTall thin oval
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acer lobelii (Lobel's maple). Syn. cappadocicum subs lobelii and Acer platanoides L. subsp. lobelii. This naturally fastigate maple produces dark green palmate leaves which exude milky white latex when broken. Foliage turns yellow in the autumn. The bark is green-grey and smooth when young, turning more brown and furrowed as it matures. Flowers are in pale yellow corymbs produced in spring.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Origin

Italy, Western Balkans

Interest and use

Ornamental. Grown for its habit and for foliage interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Fertile, Sandy, Loamy, Chalky
  • 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

Grafting

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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