Acer × conspicuum 'Elephant's Ear'

Acer x conspicuum ‘Elephant’s Ear’

Snakebark maple

  • Botanical name: Acer x conspicuum 'Elephant's Ear'
  • Common name: Snakebark maple
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
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The snakebark maple, Acer x conspicuum, is named for its fantastic striped bark, which is particularly striking in winter. Like many acers, its leaves develop dramatic autumn colours. It can be grown as a small tree or over-sized shrub,


Acer x conspicuum ‘Elephant’s Ear’ is an unusual snakebark maple. It has particularly large leaves, which are green in summer and become golden yellow before falling in autumn. The bark is dark green with bold, vertical silver stripes.


For best results grow Acer x conspicuum ‘Elephants Ear’ in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in dappled shade. Ensure the soil doesn’t dry out in summer, but is not too moist in winter.

How to grow Acer 'Elephant's Ear'

  • Plant size

    35m height

    25m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

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

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Do not Prune in January

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Do not Prune in December

Acer 'Elephant's Ear' and wildlife

Acer 'Elephant's Ear' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Acer 'Elephant's Ear' poisonous?

Acer 'Elephant's Ear' 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 'Elephant's Ear'