Montpelier maple

Acer monspessulanum | Also known as: Montpellier maple | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Montpellier maple: I wonder if this rather ordinary looking maple was given such a long name to make it sound more interesting?

Acer monspessulanum or Montpelier maple is native to the Mediterranean. It grows to around 18m in height with dark grey bark. The leaves are very glossy and have three lobes. They are a dark green on the upper side, and a blue-grey underneath. The leaves turn a bright yellow colour in the autumn. It has small hanging white or yellow flowers that are not particularly noteworthy. This tree is often used as a bonsai. It will grow in any type of soil and will cope well in a windy spot. It doesn't cope well with salt, so is not well suited to a coastal area where the salt sea air blows.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 8
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
  • Dense
  • Rounded
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-9
Heat zone
  • H9-7
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - -1
Heat days
  • 60 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • 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