Acer capillipes Red Snakebark Maple
- Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
The Red Snakebark Maple is named partly for its distinctive bark, which features a very attactive striated effect, accented by white.
The young leaves have red tints, turning bright green over the summer and then orange and red in the autumn.
This species is smaller than many other maples, perhaps reaching beyond 6m after 10 years.
Acer capillipes is native to Japan, but has been grown in the UK since Victorian times when western collectors started to visit the Japanese islands. It is one of several different species which feature striated bark and are collectively known as snakebark maples.
Red Snakebark Maple trees for sale
2-year Red Snakebark Maple tree - in a 12L pot
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How to grow
Acer capillipes is relatively short-lived by maple standards, 50 years or so. It is easy to grow and tolerates most soils and situations, but is susceptible to honey fungus.
Red Snakebark Maple characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive bark Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
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Do not prune
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Orange / Red
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