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Acer opalus

Italian maple

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height10m to 15m
  • Spread10m to 15m
  • Growth HabitUpright hemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acer opalus (Italian maple). This deciduous tree has a rounded habit with broad ovate to obovate 5-lobed dark green leaves which are up to 15cm long and which will turn yellow in the autumn. The flowers are produced in clusters of yellow blooms before the leaves emerge. The bark peels in square patches in grey and pink.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Maple

Origin

SW. Europe, N. Africa

Interest and use

Specimen, year-round interest. Used in carpentry.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil, in sun or partial shade.

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

Watch out for scale insects, aphids or mites

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