Snakebark Maple
Acer x conspicuum 'Phoenix'

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: x conspicuum
Cultivar: Phoenix

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Winnetka, Illinois

Cincinnati, Ohio

Corbett, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Tacoma, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 18, 2009, Ficurinia from Portland, OR wrote:

Right now, in the middle of December, this tree's bark just glows. I planted it outside of our front door in order to cheer everyone up as they walk by. (We live in the city and many people walk and ride their bikes year-round.) It is not a fast grower, so if you have time, I suggest planting one if it will grow in your zone. (The bright yellow leaves in the fall are beautiful too.)

Neutral

On May 30, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

I have just planted this cultivar, so I cannot yet attest to its performance. I figure it's an improvement over the Acer palmatum 'Sango Kaku' that it's replacing, but time will tell.

Negative

On Oct 28, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Although the stem color of this snakebark maple is extraordinary in winter, it is a serious under-performer in this part of the Ohio River Valley. My own plant languishes (while other snakebarks do well), and another I've seen nearby looks no better. Interestingly, Acer x conspicuum "Silver Cardinal" appears to not be hardy in this region.