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Acer opalus (Italian maple)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
15m
Max spread
20-50 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acer opalus

Other names

Italian maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. opalus - A. opalus is a rounded to broadly conical, deciduous tree with ovate to obovate, shallowly lobed, toothed, dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn. Pendent umbels of yellow flowers in spring are followed by pink-flushed, cream to pale brown, winged fruit (samaras).


Acer opalus is: Deciduous

Habit

Broadly conical, Rounded

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Horse chestnut scale Aphids , Horse chestnut scale

Verticillium wilt Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

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

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Seed


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Where to grow

Acer opalus (Italian maple) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 15m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Architectural, Foliage only, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

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

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed

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

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Acer opalus

Other names

Italian maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. opalus - A. opalus is a rounded to broadly conical, deciduous tree with ovate to obovate, shallowly lobed, toothed, dark green leaves turning yellow in autumn. Pendent umbels of yellow flowers in spring are followed by pink-flushed, cream to pale brown, winged fruit (samaras).

Native to

Southern Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Broadly conical, Rounded


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Yellow in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Horse chestnut scale

Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt

General care

Pruning

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

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acer opalus (Italian maple) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 15m after 20-50 Years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Architectural, Foliage only, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

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

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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