A picture of a Snake Bark Maple

Snake Bark Maple

Acer davidii

Also known as

Father David's Maple, Erable Du Père David, Re David's Maple

Acer davidii - Tyler Arboretum - DSC01756 by Daderot (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15m

Max

12m

12m

Min

50 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Snake Bark Maple Overview

Acer davidii is a deciduous tree species that often forms multiple trunks. It produces arching branches and showy, ornamental and has green and white striped, textured bark. Its leaves can be ovate or shallowly lobed, and they turn a stunning orange-yellow shade in autumn. Flowers are pale yellow, produced on racemes, they appear in spring and are followed by pink-brown, winged seeds. Père David's Maple or Snake-bark Maple - as it's also known - grows best in moist, well-drained soils. Best planted in a sunny or partially shaded position, it can tolerate exposed sites if soil moisture levels are maintained. Acer davidii is a good low maintenance and architectural tree that is often chosen for its autumn colour.

Common problems with Snake Bark Maple

How to propagate Snake Bark Maple

Budding

Chip budding is best done in autumn.

Grafting

Grafting is best done in winter.

Cuttings

Seed

Species are propagated by seed.

Layering

Special features of Snake Bark Maple

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Snake Bark Maple

Specimen