Acer capillipes

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Acer capillipes Maxim.

Aceraceae

Life form: tree
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay - Soil: loamy clay - Soil: peat

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: semi-evergreen

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: simple

                             

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: single
Habit: pendant

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rutanae
Ordo:
Sapindales

Acer capillipes is a tree.

Naming

Carl Johann Maximowicz already described Acer capillipes but the name was validly published by Friedrich Anton Wilhelm Miquel.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

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Growth

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.

Leaves

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.

Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Acer capillipes is native to Japan.

Cultivation

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 -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • high: city climate

Uses

Suited as cemetery plant.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große 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.

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