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Acer spicatum

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: spicatum (spi-KAH-tum) (Info)

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12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
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)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Malus2006 On Jun 25, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

They have very specular flowers - in early summer they make large amounts of flower spikes that stands above their foliages, very unusual for a maple to do this. The foliage can be confused with another "moosewood" species of maple which are more of North East US species.

Neutral Decumbent On Oct 31, 2006, Decumbent from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have no doubt this plant would be happier in a cooler climate, but so far it has performed fairly well and the foliage is quite exciting, especially in the spring.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 30, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is listed as endangered by the state of Kentucky. It is native to the U.S.


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

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Helena, Montana
Cincinnati, Ohio

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