Acer davidii Franch.
Acer davidii, commonly known as PÃ¨re david's maple, is a tree that reaches maximum heights of 15 metres.
Acer davidii was described by Adrien RenÃ© Franchet. The name is considered as validly published.
Acer davidii 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 trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 13 to 15 metres. The plants reach a width of 3 to 5 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is grey.
Acer davidii is deciduous. The dark-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate and petiolate with sinuate margins and palmate venation. The leaves are around 8 to 12 centimetres large and have a papery surface. They turn an attractive yellow, orange, bright orange to red in autumn.
Flowers and Fruits
Acer davidii produces racemes of pendant, light yellow five-stellate flowers in May.
In autumn the trees carry schizocarps.
The plants form a heart-shaped root ball.
Acer davidii is native to China.
The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moderately moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- high: city climate
The ornamental value of Acer davidii lies especially in the attractive autumn aspect. Suited as avenue tree and as specimen plant.
Maintenance and Propagation
The plants usually need very little maintenance.
Pests and Diseases
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