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George Forrest

George Forrest is one of the best of the snake-bark maples. The main feature is of course the bark. Young stems are green with lighter striations, while more mature branches turn brown with light white / green striations.

The lobed green leaves are borne on red stems, turning golden yellow in the autumn.

There are also attractive green / red flowers in the spring.

Acer davidii

George Forrest maple trees for sale

  • 3-year pot-grown tree £34.95
    In a 7L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Although capable of reaching heights of 10m or greater, 4m or so is more likely in most situations. Like most forms of Acer davidii, it does best in moist soils.

History

The species Acer davidii originates from China, and several forms were introduced to the UK at the end of the 19th century by collectors and botanists such as George Forrest.

George Forrest characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive barkAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Upright-spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Multiple tintsYellow
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sunSome shade
    • Pruning:Do not prune
    • Growth rate:Average
    • Site conditions:Free-draining site
  • Identification

    • Bark:Striated - brown
    • Country of origin:China
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Acer davidii George Forrest maple tree