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Acer campestre AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Origin

Native to the UK

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer
Red and Yellow in Autumn

Fruit

Brown in Autumn
Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

field maple

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

A. campestre is a medium-sized deciduous tree with a compact bushy crown. Leaves with 5 blunt lobes, turning yellow or red in the autumn. Flowers small, green, forming typical winged maple fruits

Other common names

  • common elder
  • common maple
  • dog oak
  • hedge maple
  • maser tree
  • master tree

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed in mid to late autumn or spring. Take softwood cuttings in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1 but prune only from late autumn to midwinter

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem