Red Snake-barked Maple

Acer capillipes | Also known as: Snake-bark maple | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Snake-bark maple, snap off a branch and scare granny with it.

Acer capillipes is commonly known as Red snake-barked maple due to the bark that looks rather similar to the skin of a snake. This tree is native to Japan and has been awarded an RHS Award of Garden Merit. It will grow to a height of around 15 metres. The leaves are lobed and have a serrated edge. They start out green and turn a rich red in the autumn. This plant looks its best in the autumn. It bears clusters of small yellow-green flowers in the spring followed by attractive pink fruit. This plant prefers moist, well- rained soil, and a sheltered spot with some sun.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Erect
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-7
Heat zone
  • H7-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -12
Heat days
  • 30 - 90
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer