Acer campestre

Field maple

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Key information

Plant type

Native tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


photo by Christa Brand, copyright GAP Photos (261787)

Plant details

A small, native british tree which can grow in full sun or partial shade so its often found at the edge of woodland and in hedgerows. It rarely grows more than 15m tall and prefers moist, fertile soil. Young leaves are reddish-purple, turning dark green when mature, with clusters of yellow-green flowers in spring. Its winged seeds are similar to most sycamores.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: campestre

Plant type: Native tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 800cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to plant seeds: November to March

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