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Red Snakebark Maple

Acer capillipes
Red Snakebark Maple

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.

Red Snakebark Maple maple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
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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.

History

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 characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive barkAutumn foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsFree-draining site
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous