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Acer monspessulanum

Montpelier maple

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to April
  • Height6m to 15m
  • Spread6m to 8m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourYellow-white
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acer monspessulanum (Montpelier maple). This is a bushy small tree. It has small dark green, leathery, three-lobed leaves which turn brown-red in the autumn. The bark is smooth and dark grey, becoming more ridged as it matures. Flowers are produced in yellow-white corymbs.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Maple

Origin

Mediterranean

Interest and use

The compact crown means that it is suited for streets and suburban lawns. Specimen tree. Also a popular tree for Bonsai growers.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

It can tolerate dry conditions.

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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