Acer rufinerve

Snake-bark maple

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Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour, Colourful bark



Skill level


photo by Heather Edwards, copyright GAP Photos (217491)

Plant details

A popular maple from Japan that is grown for its attractive ornamental bark which is conspicuously lined in white. The leaves turn orange and rich crimson in autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: rufinerve

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Autumn colour, Colourful bark

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

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