A popular snakebark maple for small gardens, since it grows rapidly in its early years and then settles down to relatively slow expansion, and may be pruned in winter to size. An established tree is unmistakable, with its upright branches making a slim silhouette, while the green bark is striped conspicuously with white. The seeds are also distinctive, in pairs with large, broad wings, and clustered on long strings. In autumn the thick, rubbery leaves turn vivid yellow, orange and red shades.
Of easy cultivation, it succeeds in any soil, preferring a good moist well-drained soil. Prefers a sunny position but tolerates some shade. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Chlorosis can sometimes develop as a result of iron deficiency when the plants are grown in alkaline soils, but in general maples are not fussy as to soil pH. Hardy to about -25°c. Most maples are bad companion plants, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants.
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Genus - Acer
Species - Grosseri
Common name - Snakebark maple
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 8
Height - 15 m
Spread - 15 m
Plant type - Small Tree
Vegetation type - Ornamental deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Bloom season - Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Light Green
1. Start the cold stratification process in the end of the beginning of the year.
2. 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.
3. Hold a handful of sterile peat planting medium under a running faucet until the peat is soaked. Squeeze most of the water out of the peat, leaving it moist but not soggy. Place the moist peat into a zip-lock plastic bag.
4. Remove the seeds from the bowl of water and rinse them off under clean running water. Place up to three seeds into the plastic bag containing the peat. Use more peat and plastic bags if you want to germinate more than three seeds.
5. 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.
6. 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 (34-46F) for a minimum of 60 days, but not longer than 90 days.
7. Open the plastic bag periodically to make sure the peat is still moist. Add water as needed to restore the moisture.
8. Check the weather forecast after 35 days. You can plant the seeds outdoors if all danger of frost has passed. You can wait up to 55 more days, if there is still a possibility of frost and plant the seeds as late as early summer.
9. 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.
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