ACER davidii

Commonly known as Père David's maple, Snakebark maple

  • Deciduous
    Ovate, unlobed or shallowly lobed, mid-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long turn orange to yellow in autumn. Produces pink-brown fruit after racemes of pale yellow flowers.
  • Yellow
    Pale yellow
  • Height
    10m-12m (33-40ft)
  • Spread
    10-12m (33-40ft)
  • Tree
    Or large shrub. Variable habit - sometimes multitrunked. Arching branches. Flowers followed by pink-brown, winged fruit
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

ACER davidii

  • Additional Features
    Ornamental bark
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, mites, scale insects, caterpillars, Verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and honey fungus.
    Place of origin
  • Flower Shape
    Pendent racemes
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Tree Shape
    Rounded to broadly spreading
Acers - Care Guide
Planting to avoid allergic reactions and asthma
Shrubs - Care Guide
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 1) Collecting Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 2) Storing Seeds
Shrubs and Trees - Seeds - 3) Planting Seeds
Trees - Care Guide
10m-12m (33-40ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10-12m (33-40ft)

Buy Varieties of ACER davidii

ACER davidii 'Serpentine'

ACER davidii 'Serpentine'

Snakebark maple

the most striking striated bark of all the davidii cultivars. Suitable for smaller gardens. Young shoots dark red with conspicuous white veins.

Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
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Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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