Field Maple Overview
Acer campestre is a hardy, medium-sized deciduous tree from the Sapindaceae family. It has a compact but bushy crown. Commonly known by the names Field Maple, Common Maple and Dog Oak, amongst others, it has lobed leaves which turn from purple-red in spring, to dark green in summer and to gold in autumn. It produces winged maple fruits from small green flowers that develop in spring. Acer Campestre grows well in most situations, enjoying full sun to partial shade and moist, well-draining soil. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative that showcases plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating - and other - insect wildlife into your garden! Sometimes used for hedging and as windbreaks in coastal areas, Acer Campestre is the only Maple native to the UK and is good for resisting pollution. This, along with its compact habit and low maintenance needs, makes it popular for parks and informal domestic garden styles.