• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Acer davidii 'Serpentine'

Père David's maple 'Serpentine'

Père David's maple 'Serpentine'

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  • Other common names Père David's maple 'Serpentine'

  • Genus Acer can be deciduous trees or large shrubs with paired, often palmately-lobed leaves and small flowers followed by characteristic winged fruits. Many have fine autumn colour, and some have ornamental stems

  • Family Sapindaceae / Sapindaceae

  • Species 'Serpentine' is a deciduous snakebark maple making a small tree with white-striped purple bark on the younger branches. Leaves oval on red stalks; little autumn colour. Flowers yellow in drooping racemes in spring

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    8-12 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    4-8 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    20-50 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a moist but well-drained soil

Propagation Propagate by grafting or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids and horse chestnut scale may be a problem

Diseases Verticillium wilt may be a problem

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