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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Acer campestre Accepted
Acer campestre var. nanum Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 25-35 feet
Plant Spread: 25-35 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Best in full sun. Dark green leaves (to 4 inches across) are 3-5 lobed. Leaves turn variable shades of yellow in fall.
Flower Color: Green
Other: Non-showy, yellowish-green flowers
Flower Time: Spring
Other: April to May
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

close-up of yellow fall leaves

Honey Bees in the Garden:  AprilHoney Bees in the Garden: April
By Mindy03 on April 10, 2011

April showers bring May flowers, which means plenty of food for honey bees. Gardeners will soon be busy setting out the plants they bought or grew from seeds. And now that the number of honey bees has increased, the honey supers are being filled with surplus honey.

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Photo gallery:
Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13close-up of yellow fall leaves
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13samara seeds and fall leaves
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13tree planted in parking lot island in fall color
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Location: Harrogate Flower ShowDate: 2019-04-27Bonsai form
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13tree planted in parking lot island in fall color
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13first tree in a line in fall color
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Location: Downingtown PennsylvaniaDate: 2020-11-13foliage in good fall color
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: summer in the 1980'sa specimen in the Maple Collection
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: summer in 1990'sspecimen planted in parking lot island
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IllinoisDate: summer in 1990'sfoliage and seeds
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-02mature parking lot tree
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-02summer foliage
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Dec 18, 2018 2:36 PM

This is called Hedge Maple because it has been used a lot in England to be sheared into hedges that divide fields. It is easy to shear and is used also in yards in the UK. It is native to Europe, western Asia, and the mountains in far northern Africa. It is sort of like a smaller version of the so very common Norway Maple with a slightly different leaf shape. Its leaves are likewise, thick and dark and I think if the leaf is pulled off the twig, there is a slight flow of a white milky sap like the closely related Norway Maple. I have seen a few trees planted in the Midwestern and Eastern USA, not just in arboretums but at estates, parks, and professional landscapes. A few larger, diverse conventional nurseries sell some. It is a good smaller tree for urban conditions.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:31 PM

Honey bees get nectar, light yellow pollen and honeydew from this plant.

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Posted by arctangent (Ann Arbor, Michigan - Zone 6a) on Oct 8, 2020 1:42 PM

The Morton Arboretum (Chicago, Illinois), on their website states that members of this species have "invasive traits", and describes the species as "not recommended".

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