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Japanese Stripped-Bark Maple Acer capillipes

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AY-ser cap-ILL-ih-peez
Description

This tree is native to the mountainous areas of Japan in cool summer climates.  Prefers part shade and medium moist, well-drained soils in hot summer climates. 

Best identified by the snake-like, olive green bark with narrow white vertical striping.  Leaves are reddish in the spring, and mature to dark green.  

Site: Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well drained soil

Native to Japan.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#fall#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#tree#maple#samara#white vertical striping#olive green bark
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#partial shade#tree#maple#samara#white vertical striping#olive green bark
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    capillipes
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    Play Value:
    Shade
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 35 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 30 ft. 0 in. - 40 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Description:
    Attractive Samara in fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Greenish white flowers on 2.5 to 4 in. pendulous raceme.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Obovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are 4 to 7 in., opposite, and simple. The colors of the leaves vary from new leaves being bright red, to bright green in summer, and then to yellow to red fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Green
    Bark Description:
    Olive green with narrow white vertical striping
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Young branches are greenish to reddish brown with white stripes; most heat tolerant snakebark maple. The tree has low branches and a rounded head.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree