About the product
Uncommonly found in cultivation. Attractive small tree or large shrub for the landscape.
Acer capillipes known as snakebark maple is native to mountainous areas of Japan. It is a small, rounded, deciduous tree with dense, arching branching that grows to as much as 13 m tall. It is also often seen growing in the wild as a large, multi-stemmed, tree-like shrub.
As the common name suggests, it is perhaps best noted for its snake-like, olive green bark accented with narrow, white vertical striping. Broad-ovate, glabrous, three-lobed leaves with large central lobes and serrated edges emerge reddish in spring, but mature to dark green. Young shoots, leaf stalks and veins are reddish in color. Small, greenish white flowers bloom in pendant racemes in spring.
Excellent orange to red fall color.
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers part shade, particularly in hot summer climates. Also prefers acidic soils that are kept consistently moist.
Best performance occurs in cool summer climates.
Information source: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/
Genus - Acer
Species - capillipes
Common name - Red Snakebark Maple
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 7
Height - 10 - 13 m
Spread - 10 - 13 m
Plant type - Tree, shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full sun, part shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, loam, sand
Water requirements - Average - high
Landscape uses - Attractive small tree or large shrub for the landscape
Bloom season - April
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
Start the cold stratification process in December - January.
Place the seeds in a glass bowl and cover with room temperature water. Allow the seeds to soak for a minimum of 24 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
Remove the seeds from the bowl of water and rinse them off under clean running water.
Push the seeds into the peat and seal the plastic bag. Shake the bag to distribute the peat so that it covers the seeds completely. The seeds must be buried in the moist peat in order to germinate.
Place the sealed bag in the bottom of the refrigerator. This will serve as the cold stratification. The seeds need to be kept at +4-+7C for a minimum of 60 days, but not longer than 90 days.
Open the plastic bag periodically to make sure the peat is still moist. Add water as needed to restore the moisture.
Plant the seeds by removing them from the peat and rinsing them with clean water. Bury the seeds ensuring that the seeds are covered. Keep the soil moist until the seeds sprout.