February 1, 2023
Acer capillipes, Kyushu Maple

Acer capillipes or Kyusho Maple or Red Snakebark Maple at Kew Garden in London

Acer capillipes are also known as Red Snake-Bark Maple, Kyushu Maple, or Snake-Bark Maple. It is from the Sapindaceae family of plants. Acer capillipes is a deciduous tree native to Japan. It has 3 to 5-lobed leaves that turn to beautiful yellow and red colors in the autumn. It can be single or multi-trunked. The bark is smooth and olive-green with tiny vertical white stripes.

Acer capillipes, Kyushu Maple
Acer capillipes or Kyusho Maple or Red Snakebark Maple at Kew Garden in London

Acer capillipes flowers are light yellowish-green. They grow in drooping racemes in spring. It has male and female flowers in different racemes. In autumn they turn into pink fruits. It grows from 8 to 12m or 26 to 39ft. Acer capillipes is not a very fast grower as it takes 20 to 50 years to reach their maximum height.

How to Grow Acer capillipes:

Grow Acer capillipes in the sun or partial shade.Plant it in moist but well-drained soil. Propagate from seed or grafting. Watch out for aphids and horse chestnut scale as well as verticillium.

Acer capillipes
Acer capillipes or Kyusho Maple or Red Snakebark Maple at Kew Garden in London

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