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Acer campestre (Field maple)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
6m
Max height
4m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acer campestre

Other names

Field maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. campestre - A. campestre is a moderate sized tree or bush, with dense long-lasting leaves which are pink at first, turning red and gold in autuumn.


Acer campestre is: Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Red, Orange in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Horse chestnut scale , Caterpillars Aphids , Horse chestnut scale , Caterpillars

Verticillium wilt , Coral spot , Honey fungus , Tar spot Verticillium wilt , Coral spot , Honey fungus , Tar spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Prune in late autumn to midwinter only.

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Budding


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Where to grow

Acer campestre (Field maple) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Acer campestre

Other names

Field maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. campestre - A. campestre is a moderate sized tree or bush, with dense long-lasting leaves which are pink at first, turning red and gold in autuumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow, Insignificant or absent in Spring

Foliage

Red, Orange in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Horse chestnut scale , Caterpillars

Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt , Coral spot , Honey fungus , Tar spot

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1. Prune in late autumn to midwinter only.

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Budding


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acer campestre (Field maple) will reach a height of 6m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Low Maintenance, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Acer campestre (Field maple)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Acer campestre (Field maple)

Common pest name

Apple root knot nematode

Scientific pest name

Meloidogyne mali

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Unknown

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

UK (along with certain other European countries) received potentially infested trees in 1992; but these were destroyed at the end of the trial period and targeted surveillance has failed to find any trace of the nematode. Main impacts are on elm; apple and mulberry and industry should source such material carefully.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Acer campestre (Field maple)

Common pest name

Japanese long scale; Japanese maple scale; Long scale; Japanese; Pear white scale

Scientific pest name

Lopholeucaspis japonica

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Regulated only on Citrus at present; regulation on other hosts needs to be considered. Only likely to be a pest under glass in UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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