Snake-bark maple

Acer davidii | Also known as: Père David's maple | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

Snake-bark maple: this tree has unusual green and white snake-like bark, which is either lovely or terrifying, depending on how you feel about these things.

Acer davidii or Père David's maple is a tree originally from China with an unusually patterned bark that looks rather like the skin of a snake. It's a small sized tree, growing no more than 15 metres high and it will rarely reach that height. It often has several trunks and the branches are long and arching. The leaves are long and broad, up to 18cm long and 9cm wide and have a slightly rippled edge. It has small yellow flowers. It grows best in fertile soil that retains the water well.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 15
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Orange
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
  • 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
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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