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Acer × conspicuum 'Phoenix'

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  • Acer × conspicuum 'Phoenix' | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
  • Acer × conspicuum 'Phoenix' | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017

Features

  • BloomsMarch to April
  • Height2m
  • Growth HabitUpright hemi-spherical
  • Flower ColourVarious
  • Leaf ColourGreen to yellow

Description

Acer × conspicuum 'Phoenix'. A snake bark maple with a dazzling lipstick red bark with white stripes in winter. An elegant tree all year round with good form and leaves which go a pure ochre yellow before falling in autumn.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Europe, N. Africa, Asia and Americas.

In Latin, the word 'acer' means hard or sharp. Maple wood was used by the Romans to make lances.

Interest and use

The foliage often colours brilliantly in autumn making Acers a focal point in any garden setting. A number of Acers are also valued for their distinctive bark or stems. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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  • Acer × conspicuum 'Phoenix' | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Chalky
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Plant a well grown specimen from a good nursery in a hole twice the size of the container, to give room for root growth and avoid the danger of water collecting in the roots.

Stake with a tree tie attached to a post on the the side of prevailing winds and water regularly in the first growing season - a full watering can 1-3 times a week, depending on 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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