Acer capillipes

Snake-bark maple

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful bark



Skill level


photo by Rob Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (81627)

Plant details

The snake-bark maple is a beautiful tree that is perfect for smaller gardens. It certainly earns its keep, thanks to its green bark streaked with white that remains attractive all year. In autumn, its distinctively-shaped three-pointed leaves turn bright red before falling. The branches are naturally arching, giving the tree an elegant, spreading shape. Fully hardy, trees require sunny or semi-shaded sites with fertile and moist, but well-drained soil. They will benefit from a top dressing of fertiliser around the base of the plant in spring.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: capillipes

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

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