Acer davidii 'SELECTION'

Acer davidii
Acer davidii 'SELECTION'
snakebark maple
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 8-15m
USUAL WIDTH 3-6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Rarities
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Snakebark maple is a distinctive maple species that was discovered in China by Jean Pierre Armand David in 1869. Being quite easy to grow and non-problematic to transplant one wonders why it remains in the group of plants difficult to locate both in garden centres as well as private gardens.

Selection is a seedling of probably Italian origin that has not been given a proper name yet. It differs from the species by larger and distinctly shaped leaves. They are ovate or almost heart shaped with two conspicuous side tips, and change to a fantastic palette of autumn colours. As if they were on fire – everything from rich yellow and golden, to orange and scarlet red. Even the stalks are coloured – they are a bright shade of scarlet-pink. In spring appear 5-7 cm long flower clusters (racemes).

This snakebark maple has picturesque bark with prominent green and creamy white vertical stripes. They are shown well even on young plants. It forms a multi-stemmed tree with a funnel-shaped to oval-shaped crown. It likes moderately fertile, acid, evenly moist soil which will ensure rich autumn colouring. It can be pruned or trimmed from mid to late winter. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 01-01-2014
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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