Acer monspessulanum

Acer monspessulanum
Acer monspessulanum 
Montpellier maple
SIZE/TYPE small tree
 taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 4-6m
USUAL WIDTH 4-6m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS
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
Exotics
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Mediterranean plants have long been rejected by Czech horticulturists on a simple premise: their origin does not give good chances for survival in our continental climate with occasional strong winters. Having said that one must wonder how come that our landscape and nurseries are flooded with plants of Asian origin where the climate is even more different. Thanks to collectors, plant enthusiasts, and amateur growers who tirelessly continue trialling new plants in their own pioneer gardens our landscape is now much more diverse that what it used to be some 100 years ago. And with the new millennium it appears that more than strong winters we will need to worry about lack of precipitation and general absence of water in higher soil level. It gives ground for those who specialize in drought tolerant plants such as trees and shrubs living in Mediterranean macchias, if they also exhibit sufficient winter hardiness. One of them is Montpellier maple.

Montpellier maple is a typical Mediterranean tree commonly found in dry, coastal or mountainous landscapes of Portugal, France, and Italy. It makes small, three-lobed, leathery but deciduous leaves, which are medium green in summer, and turn yellow, amber orange or scarlet red in autumn. Its flowers are samaras, they appear in May and are followed by winged fruit. Montpellier maple grows slowly into a small, densely branched tree with rounded to dome-shaped crown with age. Its small size makes it an ideal tree for front yards and small gardens, it is also a sought after plant for bonsai making. Natural shrubby habit is usually sought after by collectors of Mediterranean plants.

This maple, unlike many other maples, is one of the most drought tolerant species. Once established it does not need extra watering ever. It will grow in almost any soil type if it is well-drained. In acid soil the autumn colour of leaves will be rich scarlet red, in lime-based soil the foliage will be rich yellow to golden orange. In needs full sun only and a warm location. It loves heat, does not mind wind, but will not perform in cold pockets. It is rated hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5), but many growers confirm its ability to withstand a few degrees lower.

Last update 15-11-2019
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Acer monspessulanum height 100-125 cm
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SPRING 2020 -

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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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