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Acer campestre

Acer campestre

Field maple

Description

Acer campestre (field maple) is native to Europe, the west of Asia and North Africa. It is a tree of the second size class, around 12 metres tall and 7 to 8 metres wide. The crown grows irregularly and whimsically, which makes the species less suitable for urban planting. Pruning is tolerated very well, however, which means that various topiary shapes can be achieved.

The blossom of Acer campestre appears in April, at the same time as the leaves develop. The small, yellow-green flowers have the highest possible nectar and pollen score. Bees and other insects love them. After the blossom, the field maple bears winged fruits, known as samaras. They start small and red and by the autumn are large, striking and brown. The seed is a real delicacy, particularly for greenfinches and chaffinches. The beautiful, lobed leaf of the field maple is bronze-coloured as it emerges, green in the summer and turns a warm golden yellow in the autumn. The winter silhouette is characterised by the thick corky fissures on the twigs.

In landscape planting, lines of trees intended to act as a wind break and in coastal areas, the Acer campestre really comes into its own. It is a tough species, which can tolerate heat, drought and frost, strong sea winds and air pollution, deep shade, heavy pruning and road salt. Thanks to these characteristics, the field maple works extremely well as a hedge along roads and motorways, in industrial areas and along the coast. Or as a characteristic box tree or espalier screen in gardens and parks. But the field maple is an essential species in ecological planting schemes too. Prune the field maple during the growing season, pruning too early will cause bleeding.

Types of planting

Tree types

standard trees feathered trees multi-stemmed trees climate trees trees for climbing shade trees characteristic trees woodland planting stock

Topiary on stem

fval multi-stem umbrella

Topiary

beehive beehive globe globe block block column column hedge hedge hedge element hedge element pleached pleached bonsai bonsai

Use

Location

avenue park central reservation in containers roof garden large garden cemetery traffic areas, industrial zones countryside ecological zone windbreak coastal area

Pavement

none none open open

Planting concepts

climate planting eco planting landscape planting solid planting shade-tolerant prairie planting

Characteristics

Crown shape

egg-shaped egg-shaped

Crown structure

dense dense

Height

10 - 12 m

Width

7 - 8 m

Winter hardiness zone

5A - 9A

Aspects

Wind

tolerant to wind tolerant to coastal wind

Soil

loess sabulous clay peaty heavy clay light clay sand loamy soil all soils

Nutrient level

low in nutrients moderately rich in nutrients rich in nutrients

Soil moisture level

moist wet

Light requirements

sun partial shade shade

pH range

acidic neutral alkaline

Host plant/forage plant

bees butterflies birds nectar value 5 pollen value 5

Extreme environments

tolerant to salt spray tolerant to dryness tolerates air pollution tolerates heat

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Seasonal colours

Acer campestre seizoenskleur
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Flowers

Flowers

corymbose discrete standing

Flower colour

yellow-green

Flowering period

April - May

Leaves

Leaf colour

buds bronze green

Leaves

deciduous palmate lobate

Autumn colour

golden yellow

Fruits

Fruit colour

brown

Fruits

striking winged

Bark

Bark colour

grey-brown

Bark

corky

Twigs

Twig colour

grey-brown

Twigs

corky

Root system

Root system

deep shallow highly branched many hair roots central root

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