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Acer spicatum (Mountain maple)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
6m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acer spicatum

Other names

Mountain maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. spicatum - A. spicatum is a spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with rounded, toothed, mid-green leaves with three or five shallow lobes, the entire leaf turning bright red to yellow in autumn. Upright to nodding panicles of small, yellow-green flowers in early summer are followed by pink-flushed, pale green, winged fruit turning pale brown when ripe.


Acer spicatum is: Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Oval-headed, Dense

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Yellow, Scarlet 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

Seed, Grafting


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Where to grow

Acer spicatum (Mountain maple) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Specimen tree, Low Maintenance, Foliage only, City, Architectural

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, moist but well-drained,neutral to acid soil in sun. Tolerates partial shade and heavy clay. Dislikes alkaline conditions.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Acer spicatum

Other names

Mountain maple

Genus

Acer Acer

Species

A. spicatum - A. spicatum is a spreading, deciduous shrub or small tree with rounded, toothed, mid-green leaves with three or five shallow lobes, the entire leaf turning bright red to yellow in autumn. Upright to nodding panicles of small, yellow-green flowers in early summer are followed by pink-flushed, pale green, winged fruit turning pale brown when ripe.

Native to

Eastern North America

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Rounded, Oval-headed, Dense


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Orange, Yellow, Scarlet 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

Seed, Grafting


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acer spicatum (Mountain maple) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 6m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Specimen tree, Low Maintenance, Foliage only, City, Architectural

Cultivation

Best grown in fertile, moist but well-drained,neutral to acid soil in sun. Tolerates partial shade and heavy clay. Dislikes alkaline conditions.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2

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