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Acer davidii 'Serpentine'

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Stem

Purple and White in

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 'Serpentine'

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

'Serpentine' is a deciduous snakebark maple making a small tree with white-striped purple bark on the younger branches. Leaves oval on red stalks; little autumn colour. Flowers yellow in drooping racemes in spring

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases

Verticillium wilt may be a problem