Acer pectinatum

18 Nov

Acer pectinatum (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Acer pectinatum (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Position: Full sun to light shade

Flowering period: Spring

Soil: Moist, well drained

Eventual Height: 20m

Eventual Spread: 15m

Hardiness: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a

Family: Sapindaceae

Acer pectinatumis a deciduous tree with a rounded habit. Its dark green leaves are palmately lobed with up to 3 lobes, serrate margins, up to 25cm long and 20cm across. Its leaves emerge red in spring and turn yellow in autumn before they fall. Its smooth bark is green with white striation. Its yellow/ green flowers appear as grape like corymbs in groups of up to 40 after its leaves emerge. Its fruit is a double winged sumara.

Acer pectinatum Autumn Leaf (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Acer pectinatum Autumn Leaf (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

The species Acer pectinatumis, commonly known as a Snakebark Maple, is native to the east Himalayas region and south China. In its native habitat it grows in mixed forests.

The etymology of the binomial name Acer is derived from the classical Latin name for the Maple.

The landscape architect may find Acer pectinatumis useful as an attractive specimen tree with attractive bark and spring and autumn leaf colour. It prefers a sheltered location.

Acer pectinatum Bark (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Acer pectinatum Bark (21/10/2013, Kew Gardens, London)

Ecologically, Acer pectinatumis flowers are attractive to pollinating insects.

Acer pectinatumis  prefers moist, humus rich, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil.

Acer pectinatumis  requires little maintenance.

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