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Acer saccharinum

Review Notes: Ultimate Height: 15m

Ultimate Spread: 15m

Time to ultimate height: 10-20 year(s)

Preferred common name: silver maple
Other common names: soft maple , sugar maple , white maple

Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems.

A. saccharinum is a very vigorous deciduous tree with deeply palmately-lobed leaves, white beneath, turning red and yellow in autumn; small yellow-green flowers before the leaves.

These evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees and certain deciduous shrubs need very little pruning and are best left to their own devices in most cases. They do not send out vigorous shoots that need curbing. Remove diseased , damaged congested or crossing shoots. Shoots that are growing in unwanted directions can also be pruned out. Do this in late winter or early spring, unless late summer or early autumn pruning is specified to avoid bleeding and facilitate rapid healing of cut surfaces. These plants flower on previous or current year's growth.

Pests Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem.
Diseases Verticillium wilt may be a problem.

Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Moist but well-drained or well-drained. Chalk, Clay, Loam or Sand.
Aspect All aspects. Sheltered.
Propagation Propagate by seed or grafting.

Flowers: Green and Yellow in Spring.
Foliage: Red or Yellow in Autumn.

Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous.

Suggested Plant Uses: Architectural or Low Maintenance.

Supplied Height Approx 12" 3.50 + P&P







Plant Type:- Tree

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