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Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark maple)

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Acer rufinerve

Other names

Snake-bark maple, Grey snake-bark maple, Redvein maple, Acer tegmentosum subsp. glaucorufinerve

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. rufinerve - A. rufinerve is an arching, deciduous tree with green- and white-striped stems bearing ovate, lobed, mid-green leaves turning red in autumn and erect racemes of yellow flowers in spring followed by red, winged fruit.


Acer rufinerve is: Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Red in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Verticillium wilt Verticillium wilt

General care


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Where to grow

Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark maple) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 10-20 years.

Cultivation

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

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Acer rufinerve

Other names

Snake-bark maple, Grey snake-bark maple, Redvein maple, Acer tegmentosum subsp. glaucorufinerve

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. rufinerve - A. rufinerve is an arching, deciduous tree with green- and white-striped stems bearing ovate, lobed, mid-green leaves turning red in autumn and erect racemes of yellow flowers in spring followed by red, winged fruit.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Arching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Mid-green in Spring; Mid-green in Summer; Red in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Verticillium wilt


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark maple) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 10m after 10-20 years.

Cultivation

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

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark 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 #2

Plant name

Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark 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 #3

Plant name

Acer rufinerve (Snake-bark maple)

Common pest name

Asian longhorn beetle; Starry sky beetle

Scientific pest name

Anoplophora glabripennis

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

Recognised threat to a wide range of deciduous tress native to the UK. Already regulated it is a priority for continued surveillance and statutory action. The risk of entry is further mitigated by EU legislation requiring the monitoring of wooden packaging material originating from China.

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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