Maple trees

Maple trees are easy to grow and are suitable in most soils and situations. They are for the most part large garden trees, typically ranging from 6m-10m after 10-20 years. Some species are native to the UK, and most originate from Europe or North America.

Maples are grown primarily for their stately forms, and especially the often spectactular autumn colours that their leaves take on in the autumn. Although the maritime climate of the UK is not as conducive to the intense display of colours which characterises fall in the USA and Canada, many varieties have been developed which will produce reliable colours in the UK.

Most forms also produce green or dull red flowers in the spring, followed by small fruitlets - often winged seeds - in the autumn.

There are many different species of maple. Some of the most popular are Acer pseudoplatanus, commonly known in the UK as the Sycamore, Acer saccharinum - the Silver Maple, Acer campestre - the stately Field Maple, Acer griseum, the Paperbark maple with its distinctive bark, Acer platanoides - the colourful Norway Maple, and Acer rubrum - the colourful Canadian maple which features on the Canadian flag.


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    As the name suggests, this is a form of the Cappodician Maple featuring golden-green leaves which take on multiple tints in the autumn.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • Brandywine is one of the best red maples for the UK climate, with a reliable display of fiery-red autumn colours.

    • Height 10 years: 5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • A distinctive dwarf sycamore, named for the colour of its stunning pink spring leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • An attractive form of the Field Maple, featuring variegated leaves with white margins and light pink growing tips.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
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    Crimson King is a tree fast-growing maple with purple leaves which turn red in the autumn.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson
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    A popular form of the Norway Maple, characterised by its variegated leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • A small slow-growing sycamore maple featuring exotic pink green and white variegated leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
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    The Field Maple makes a good specimen tree with attractive autumn colours, and is easy to grow.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • A popular snake-bark maple, very attractive striated bark, and golden yellow autumn colours.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • A well-named form of the North American Red Maple - the leaves turn a spectacular red in the autumn.

    • Height 10 years: 5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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    A medium-sized maple tree featuring characteristic peeling bark, and strong autumn colours.

    • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • One of the best Maples for winter colour, featuring striated bright red bark.

    • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
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    Princeton Gold is a versatile fast-growing form of the Norway Maple, named for its golden-green leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • A small snake-bark maple featuring brilliant red stems and variegated pink, white, and green leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • One of the smaller maples, its main feature is the striated brown/red bark.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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    One of the best forms of the Cappadocian Maple, featuring a range of leaf colours from spring to autumn.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • An upright form of the popular red maple, with an attractive shape and reliable autumn colour.

    • Height 10 years: 5m-10m / 16ft-33ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
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    A large stately tree featuring attractive cut leaves which turn yellow and gold in the autumn.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
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    A popular slow-growing medium-sized sycamore tree with very attractive variegated leaves.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • The Sugar Maple is the primary maple species used for producing maple syrup.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints
  • A good example of the Red Maple, featuring fiery red autumn leaf colours.

    • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red