Acer capillipesThis small tree is native to Japan where it grows in the mountains along stream banks. The leaves unfurl red in the spring and change to mid green before changing to orange and red during fall coloration. They have three to five pointed lobes, are four to seven inches long, and are borne on red stems. Small greenish white male and female flowers are produced in separate pendulous racemes 2.5-4 inches long in late spring. The fruits are light pink and winged. The bark is smooth and has vertical, chalky-white stripes running the length of the trunk. The most heat tolerant of the snakebarks, this species is suitable for a small garden where it can provide shade and its bark enjoyed.

Acer_capillipes_Snakebark_maple WikipediaType: Deciduous tree

Outstanding Feature: Striped bark; autumn coloration

Form: Spreading, rounded crown; often multi-stemmed

Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

Bloom: Greenish-white pendulous racemes 2.5-4” long of small male or female flowers in late spring

Size: 30-40’ H x 30-40’ W

Light: Sun, part shade

Soil: Average, medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 5-7

Care: Watering when young during dry periods will speed up growth noticeably

Pests and Diseases: Aphids, horse chestnut scale, Verticillium wilt

Propagation: Seed.

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By Karen