Field Maple

Acer campestre | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

Field Maple, best suited to fields and not to small back yards. Don't say we didn't warn you!

Acer campestre is commonly called the Field Maple or Common Maple. It will grow up to 25 metres in height. The leaves are lobed and dark green in colour. The trunk of the tree gets to about a metre in diameter and the bark has a cork-like texture. In the spring it grows clusters of yellowy-green flowers. As a young tree it is happy to grow in the shade, but requires more sunshine when it gets older. It's a large tree, so is more commonly used for ornamental purposes in parks and very large gardens than in your average domestic garden. The wood can be used for carpentry purposes but as the tree is slow growing, it's not often cultivated for this purpose. It has been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 8 - 11
Spread [m]
  • 8 - 11
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Rounded
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-8
Heat zone
  • H8-4
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -7
Heat days
  • 14 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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