Snake-bark maple

Acer rufinerve | Also known as: Grey snake-bark maple, Acer tegmentosum subsp. glaucorufinerve | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

Grey snake-bark maple: of course everyone knows that snakes don't really bark!

Acer rufinerve is also known as Grey snake-bark maple. It's native to Japan and has reddish green leaves with three lobes. It will grow up to 15m in height. The bark resembles snake skin, being a rich yellowy dark green with lighter green stripes running up it. In the autumn the leaves turn orange and red. It has yellowy green flowers that hang in clusters about 10cm long. It's a popular tree because it is both hardy and fast growing. It will grow in most types of soil and will prefer moist conditions.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 10
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
  • Red shades
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Tall
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-6
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 45 - 150
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • 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
  • 30 years or longer
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