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Emerald Jade Maple Acer fabri

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AY-ser
Description

Emerald Jade Maple is a rare evergreen vine maple native to Vietnam and China.  It has slender unlobed leaves that do not look like other maples.  It may struggle in zone 7 but will do well in zone 8 and higher.  In cooler climates, it keeps its leaves year-round and in warmer climates, it may lose its leaves.    Plant it in well drained high organic matter soil.  While it can handle some sun it is a great tree for shaded areas and its red-tipped stems and interesting bark add winter interest to the landscape.  It is often grown as a houseplant because it withstands low light levels so well.  It is resistant to browsing by deer and can be used as a bonsai plant.

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#small tree#houseplant#wildlife plant#moths#bonsai#interiorscape#winter interest#showy fruits#deer resistant#nighttime garden#glossy leaves#red fruits#larval host plant#evergreen tree#purple fruits#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
 
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Tags:
#small tree#houseplant#wildlife plant#moths#bonsai#interiorscape#winter interest#showy fruits#deer resistant#nighttime garden#glossy leaves#red fruits#larval host plant#evergreen tree#purple fruits#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    fabri
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Vietnam, South China
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Acer support Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) larvae which have one brood per season and appear from April-October in the south. Adult Imperial Moths do not feed.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
  • 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 Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Description:
    Red to purple two seeded samaras
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pale green to white insignificant blooms
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy deep green unlobed slender leaves with prominent veins and pointed tips. New spring leaves are red.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    New shoots have red tips
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Small Tree
    Street Tree
    Understory Tree
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer