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Acer pseudoplatanus f. erythrocarpum

Sycamore maple

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsApril & June
  • Height15m to 30m
  • Spread10m to 16m
  • Growth HabitTall arching
  • Flower ColourYellow-green
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Acer pseudoplatanus f. erythrocarpum (Sycamore maple). This is a rapidly growing, spreading, rounded, deciduous tree which produces ovate, dark green leaves with 5 lobes, 10-20 cm long. Flowers of a yellowish green colour are borne in pendent panicles, to 12 cm long, followed by green, sometimes red, winged fruit.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Deciduous, Tree

Other common names

Maple

Origin

Europe and Western Asia

Interest and use

Hedging. Suitable for coastal conditions. The sap can be used to make sugar and wine. A good pioneer tree to establish woodland, as it tolerates all but the poorest of soils. The wood can be planed to a smooth finish and so is invaluable for flooring, furniture, woodturning etc.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Fully hardy. Prefers well-drained soil.

Propagation

By seed.

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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