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Acer campestre

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

  • Botanical name: Acer campestre
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Foliage colour:

Golden

Green

Acer campestre, field maple, is the UK’s only native maple tree. Found growing in woods and hedgerows, it’s a medium-sized, deciduous tree with a rounded, bushy crown. It has attractive lobed leaves that turn golden yellow in autumn. Tiny flowers in spring are followed by winged fruits. It holds the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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Acer campestre is suitable for a medium or large garden and can also be grown as a hedge.

As a British native, Acer campestre is excellent for wildlife: its leaves attract aphids and their predators, including  ladybirds and hoverflies. The caterpillars of several species of moth feed on its leaves, and bees and other pollinators visit its flowers. It’s tolerant of pollution and and exposed sites.

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Grow Acer campestre in any moist but well drained soil, in sun or partial shade. Field maple grown as a tree does not need pruning, but if growing as a hedge, prune in early winter to keep it at the desired height.

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How to grow Acer campestre

  • Plant size

    12m height

    8m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do Prune in December

At its best
At its best

Plant is not at its best in January

Plant is not at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is not at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is not at its best in December

Acer campestre and wildlife

Acer campestre is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, birds, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant, has nectar/pollen rich flowers, provides shelter and habitat, has seeds for birds and makes a good wildlife hedge.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Attractive to Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Acer campestre poisonous?

Acer campestre has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Acer campestre