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Acer campestre

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser kam-PES-tray
Description

Shrub or small tree, crown rounded. Easy to transplant; good street tree; casts dense shade; shallow root system. The form is rounded; dense; often branched to the ground.

Buds: terminal imbricate, scales grayish-brown to brownish-black, apex often pubescent & chaffy, lateral smaller, appressed. 

Fall color yellow, but not consistent. Prefers rich,well-drained soils. Tolerant of air pollution, alkaline soils, clay soil, dry soils and compaction. No serious pests/diseases. Used as hedges, lawn & street trees, under utility lines.

Native to Europe, W. Asia.

Family name Sapindaceae (formerly Aceraceae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Leaves simple, 3-5 palmately lobed
  • Leaf margin entire
  • Leaves concolorous, pubescent below
  • Petiole milky sap
  • Fruit with horizontal wings

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pulverulentum'
  • 'Royal Ruby'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#yellow#shade tree#compaction#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#urban#air pollution tolerant#playground#hedges#wet sites#children's garden#shimmer#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Pulverulentum'
  • 'Royal Ruby'
Tags:
#deciduous#fall color#yellow#shade tree#compaction#drought tolerant#wildlife plant#urban#air pollution tolerant#playground#hedges#wet sites#children's garden#shimmer#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    campestre
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Western Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and birds.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Shade
    Wildlife Food Source
    Wind Shimmer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 25 ft. 0 in. - 35 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 25 ft. 0 in. - 35 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Description:
    A schizocarp of two samaras, wings horizontal, nutlet often pubescent.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Insignificant
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Not showy, green, inconspicuous.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2 to 4 in. opposite, simple leaves with 3 to 5 rounded lobes; entire, dull green above, pubescent beneath, 2-4" long; venation palmate; petiole to 4" with milky sap. Sometimes develops yellow to yellow-green fall color late in the season
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Black
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Furrowed
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Shallow ridges and furrows
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Light brown, lenticels, older with longitudinal corky fissures.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Street Tree
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Compaction
    Pollution
    Urban Conditions
    Wet Soil
    Problems:
    Weedy