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Acer davidii 'George Forrest' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Fragrance

Bark

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pink in Autumn

Stem

Green and White in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Père David's maple 'George Forrest'

Family

Sapindaceae


Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

'George Forrest' is a deciduous snakebark maple making a small tree of rounded habit, with white-striped, green bark. Large oval, leaves on scarlet stalks. Flowers yellow in drooping racemes; attractive fruits in autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem