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Acer Cappadocicum, also known as the Cappadocian Maple, is a large deciduous tree with a dense spreading crown. It originates from Asia and Central Turkey, and has spread across the Himalayas. It was introduced to Britain in 1839 and has become a firm favourite.
In spring reddish five-lobed palmate leaves emerge turning a brilliant glossy green in summer. After the first leaves unfurl clusters of small greenish-yellow flowers bloom and attract pollinators before turning into winged seeds that helicopter to the ground in late summer. As autumn approaches this handsome tree turns a rich buttery yellow before giving up its leaves with the frosts. In winter the warm grey bark with a textured ripple remains as a strong structural framework.
This is a large, fast growing deciduous tree that is perfect for big spaces. It will reach heights of 20 metres and spread over 15 within 20-50 years.
How Hardy Is Acer Cappadocicum Despite its pretty, glossy green leaves the Acer Cappadocicum is hardy through the UK in sub zero temperatures and drought conditions.
How To Use Acer Cappadocicum This is a large tree that requires space to spread. If you have a large garden its best placed as a boundary tree or single specimen. The broad, rounded crown is dense, so it provides a good deal of shade, and children love to play with the helicopter seeds beneath the cool branches. In spring the Acer Cappadocium is a valuable source of nectar for pollinators, making it a good choice for a large wild garden or parkland.
If you love the look of Cappadocian Maple but don’t have the space, its cultivar The RHS Award of Garden Merit winning Cappadocian Maple Aureum is a great alternative for a more compact area.
How To Care For Acer Cappadocicum Cappadocian Maple requires little care once established. It will tolerate most soil conditions, growing well in chalk, sand, clay and loam of any pH. It prefers well-drained, moist soils and enjoys a damp location in full sun or partial shade. You do not need to prune this well-shaped tree as it grows in a structured rounded head, but you can remove any broken or crossed branches in winter once the leaves have fallen.
Cappadocian Maple is a beautiful glossy tree with stunning autumnal leaves that best suits larger spaces. It is a top choice for gardeners who want low maintenance but attractive trees with the bonus of wildlife friendly flowers and winged seeds.