Acer davidii

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Acer davidii Franch.

Aceraceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

                   

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: schizocarp

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Inflorescence: raceme

Petals: not specified
Habit: pendant

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

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

Acer davidii, commonly known as Père david's maple, is a tree that reaches maximum heights of 15 metres.

Naming

Acer davidii was described by Adrien René Franchet. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

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.

Characteristics

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Growth

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.

Leaves

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.

Root System

The plants form a heart-shaped root ball.

Distribution

Acer davidii is native to China.

Cultivation

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 -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • high: city climate

Uses

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.

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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