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Native alternative(s) for Acer rufinerve:
Acer glabrum Acer glabrum var. diffusum
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Acer capillipes Acer capillipes
Acer sieboldianum Form
Acer cissifolium Acer cissifolium

Snakebark Maple Acer rufinerve

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Snakebark Maple:

Phonetic Spelling
AY-ser roo-FIN-er-vay
Description

This is one of the most commonly planted snakebark maples, and is a hardy, fast grower. It does not display much variation as a species.  The scientific and common names are derived from the reddish down on the vein of the leaf.  Relatively short-lived.

Site: Full sun; range of soil types except damp to wet sites

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#wildlife plant#moths#tree#maple#yellow leaves#gold leaves#crimson leaves#nighttime garden#stripes#larval host plant#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#deciduous#fall color#full sun#wildlife plant#moths#tree#maple#yellow leaves#gold leaves#crimson leaves#nighttime garden#stripes#larval host plant#pollinator garden#moth larva#imperial moth
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acer
    Species:
    rufinerve
    Family:
    Sapindaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan
    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.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Samara
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Paired samara 1 inch long with rounded nutlets
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Five yellow to greenish-yellow sepals and petals.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    2.5 to 6 in. simple, opposite leaves with 3 lobes; deep green in summer; yellow to gold with crimson-toned fall color.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Green
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    White
    Bark Description:
    Bark on young trees is smooth, olive-green with regular narrow vertical pale green to greyish stripe. Older bark is grey-green with narrow grey-white longitudinal stripes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Wet Soil