Acer capillipes Maxim.
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Acer capillipes is a tree.
Carl Johann Maximowicz already described Acer capillipes but the name was validly published by Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel.
Acer capillipes 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 rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 7 to 9 metres. The plants reach a width of 4 to 5 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is silver-grey to olive-green.
Acer capillipes is semi-deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are palmately lobed and petiolate with biserrate margins and palmate venation. They turn an attractive light yellow, yellow, orange, bright orange, red to dark red in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Acer capillipes produces racemes of pendant, ligth-yellow five-stellate flowers in May. The plants flower on older shoots.
The trees carry brown schizocarps.
The plants form shallow roots.
Acer capillipes is native to Japan.
The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, sandy clay, loamy clay or peaty soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- high: city climate
Suited as cemetery plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
- Walter Erhardt, Erich GÃ¶tz, Nils BÃ¶deker, Siegmund Seybold: Der groÃe Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
- Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.