The World of Plants

a little database

Acer

General description: maples are mostly deciduous trees and shrubs; they are distinguished by opposite leaf arrangement. The leaves in most species are palmate veined and lobed, with 3-9 (rarely to 13) veins each leading to a lobe, one of which is central or apical.

Common name: Maple

Family: Aceraceae (or, with Aesculus, Sapindaceae)

Height: 10 – 45 m.

Aspect: sunny; sheltered

Soil requirements: slightly acid

Why we use in horticulture: autumn colour.
Numerous maple cultivars which have been selected for particular characteristics can be propagated only by asexual reproduction such as cuttings, tissue culture, budding or grafting. Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) alone has over 1,000 cultivars, most selected in Japan, and many of them no longer propagated or not in cultivation in the Western world. Some delicate cultivars are usually grown in pots and rarely reach heights of more than 50–100 cm

Notes: maples are variously classified in a family of their own, the Aceraceae, or together with the Hippocastanaceae included in the family Sapindaceae. Modern classifications, including the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group system, favour inclusion in Sapindaceae. The type species of the genus is Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore maple)

December 20, 2010 Posted by | Acer, TREES (DECIDUOUS) | Leave a comment