Acer capillipes Maple

Description: Acer capillipes, also known as Snakebark Maple is a small tree with striated snakeskin-like bark which is red turning brown with white streaks. The distinctively shaped three lobed leaves are bright green with slightly glaucous undersides. Young growth is coral red. Autumn tints of striking orange and red. Yellow catkin-like flowers ripen in the spring to tiny winged pink and yellow fruit in summer. 

History: Developed in Japan in 1892 by Charles Sargent. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1975.

Acer Growing Tips: Very easy to grow in a wide range of well-drained soils. They thrive in sun but with partial shade to protect the leaves from scorch. A sheltered area away from strong winds is preferred.

Height and Spread (after 10 years) : 4m x 3m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • S Size: Small
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Do not prune
  • Attractive bark
  • Autumn colour

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