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Acer capillipes

Acer capillipes

Red snake-bark maple, Kyushu Maple

Description

Acer capillipes (Red snake-bark maple, Kyushu Maple) is native to the mountain forests of Japan where it can be found growing alongside, amongst others, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Trochodendron aralioides and Zanthoxylum piperitum. Japanese professionally trained botanist Surawa Tschonoski found the maple for Russian botanist Carl Maximowicz who described the species in 1867. In its native range, Acer capillipes grows up to a height of fifteen metres; in Europe, the tree reaches a maximum height of between six and nine metres with a semi-open, broadly vase-shaped crown.

The Dutch name for the red snake-bark maple (‘red striped maple’) comes from the characteristic white stripes on the green, purplish coated bark and the equally striking young red shoots. These shoots give young trees a very red appearance. On older branches the distinctive white stripes are less conspicuous. In spring, the 3-5 lobed leaves emerge red, changing to dark green with red veins and notably red petioles in summer. The characteristic tree is magnificent all year round but reaches a peak in the autumn when - depending on the site - the leaves put on a dazzling display in various shades of orange-red to yellow. In May, Acer capillipes bears male and female greenish white flowers in long, pendulous racemes. They are particularly loved by bees, butterflies and other insects. After flowering, pink to red-brown winged fruits appear with slender, fine-haired stems, which explains its Latin name capillipes

Acer capillipes is ideal for parks, (large) gardens and central reservations. It enjoys a lightly acid, fertile soil which is moist but well-drained. As a woodland tree, the red snake-bark maple does not like full sun but prefers a bright location with sufficient shade for its stems. Acer capillipes is sensitive to dry and warm micro-climates as well as competition from weeds and grass at its roots. An application of mulch is, therefore, recommended.

Types of planting

Tree types

standard trees multi-stemmed trees characteristic trees solitary shrubs

Topiary on stem

fval multi-stem umbrella

Use

Location

park central reservation large garden small garden cemetery

Pavement

none none open open

Planting concepts

eco planting

Characteristics

Crown shape

wide vase-shaped wide vase-shaped

Crown structure

semi-open semi-open

Height

7 - 9 m

Width

4 - 5 m

Winter hardiness zone

6A - 7B

Aspects

Wind

intolerant to wind

Soil

loess sabulous clay peaty light clay sand loamy soil

Nutrient level

moderately rich in nutrients rich in nutrients

Soil moisture level

dry moist

Light requirements

sun partial shade

pH range

acidic neutral

Host plant/forage plant

bees butterflies nectar value 5 pollen value 5

Extreme environments

tolerates air pollution tolerates heat

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Seasonal colours

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

Flowers

Flowers

raceme striking pendulous

Flower colour

white-green

Flowering period

May

Leaves

Leaf colour

buds red-violet green

Leaves

deciduous palmate opposite polished laciniate

Autumn colour

yellow yellow-orange orange-red red

Fruits

Fruit colour

red-brown

Fruits

striking winged

Bark

Bark colour

white green

Bark

striped

Twigs

Twig colour

red

Twigs

striped

Root system

Root system

shallow slightly branched highly branched

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