Acer campestre L.
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Acer campestre is a tree.
Acer campestre was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The name is considered as validly published.
Acer campestre is a species in the genus Acer which contains approximately 230 to 296 species and belongs to the family of the Aceraceae (Maple Family). The type species of the genus is Acer pseudoplatanus.
The comparatively slow-growing trees have a broadly conical canopy and reach heights of 5 to 15 metres. The plants reach a width of 5 to 10 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is corky, longitudinally fissured or latitudinally fissured and brown.
Acer campestre is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are palmately lobed and petiolate with entire margins and palmate venation. They turn an attractive yellow, orange to bright orange in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Acer campestre produces panicles of pendant, greenish yellow five-stellate flowers in May. The plants flower on older shoots. They are dioecious, pollination takes places by allogamy through animals.
The trees produce brown schizocarps in summer.
The plants form shallow roots and a heart-shaped root ball.
Acer campestre is native to Europe and northern Iran.
The trees prefer a sunny to shady situation on dry to moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil with a pH between 6,5 and 10. They tolerate temperatures down to -29Â°C (USDA zone 5). The plants are suited for spring protection and bank protection in hardwoos areas along wide flowing waters.
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- high: city climate, road salt
The ornamental value of Acer campestre lies especially in the ornamental leaves. Suited for rooftop gardens, windbreaks and soil protection, high cut hedges and for noise and dust protection, as well as suited as cemetery plant, avenue tree, slope plant, specimen plant, greenery along roads, a small canopy tree along roads, bee pasture, bird pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
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- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.