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ACER davidii
Père David's Maple, Snake-bark Maple


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Main asset

An unusual decorative bark throughout the year, particularly on trees grown in clump.


Prune the tree preferably in clump, clear basal foliage to make the bark visible.

Small Chinese deciduous tree with arching branches, grown for its chlorophyll green white-streaked bark, decorative throughout the year. The deciduous, dark green leaves turning yellow-orange in autumn. 

It was discovered in China in 1879 by Father David, a French missionary of the late nineteenth century.

  • Uses: Specimen, back of low beds

Global caracteristics:

  • Type of foliage: deciduous
  • Habit: flare
  • Height: 10 m x 10 m (33 ft x 33 ft)
  • Growth: medium
  • Flowering period: May
  • Époque de fructification : summer

Shape and colours:

  • Couleur du bois : green white-streaked
  • Foliage shape: elliptical toothed
  • Foliage colour: medium green
  • Foliage colour in autumn: orange yellow
  • Flowers shape: drooping clusters
  • Flowers colour: cream white
  • Forme des fruits : winged fruits
  • Couleur des fruits : purple


  • Soil type: moist but well-drained
  • Exposure: sun, part-shade
  • Hardiness: - 25 °C (-13 °F - USDA zone 5b)