Frank P Matthews
Acer trees, known as Maple or Sycamore trees, are a diverse and mostly hardy group, easy to grow in a wide range of soils. They thrive in sun or partial shade and include such delights as Japanese and snakebark maples.
Spectacular leaves, incredibly varied in size, shape and colour, are their predominate feature, whilst most also develop brilliant autumn colour.
Although not known as flowering trees, many have attractive, small, delicate flowers in spring before the leaves unfold. These may be followed by colourful fruits in late summer and autumn.
There are many popular species within the genus; Sycamore trees (Acer pseudoplatanus), Canadian Maple (Acer ruburum) and Norway Maple (Acer platanoides) just to name a few!
For Japanese maple trees, see the Acer palmatum page.
Snake Bark Maple
A fine snakebark with dynamic white and green striated bark. Dark green foliage turns orange in autumn.
Lime green flowers tinged red in April followed by large, intense purple leaves turning orange in autumn.
Shrimp Leaf Sycamore
Distinctive small tree with glorious shrimp pink, young spring foliage. Suitable for small gardens. Slow growing.
Brilliant red leaves turn to a reddish-purple. One of the best rubrums for a spectacular display of autumn colour.
Medium-sized tree with a compact, narrow columnar crown. Autumn colours of purple and orange hues.
Long lasting autumn colours. A vigorous grower when young with a symmetrical ovate crown later.
Spectacular, bright orange red leaves in the autumn. A hybrid of Acer rubrum and saccharnum. Silvery-grey bark.
An outstanding new hybrid of the red and silver maple combining the best of both with excellent, vivid autumn colour.
Round headed, good for hedges. Five lobed leaves pinkish red turn golden russet and dark purple in autumn.
Golden Cappadocian Maple
The Golden Maple. Young leaves a stunning red turning golden yellow for many weeks. Wonderful autumn tints.
Fiery blood-red young leaves turn green in summer and later golden yellow autumn tints. An excellent specimen tree.
Yellow Boxelder Maple
Golden leaves throughout the summer and drooping racemes of golden tassle-like flowers appear in June.