David's Maple, Snakebark Maple
Acer davidii

Family: Sapindaceae (sap-in-DAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acer (AY-ser) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Good Fall Color

Other details:

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Juneau, Alaska

Concord, California

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Brookline, Massachusetts

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Cincinnati, Ohio

Olympia, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 23, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Dirr says this is hardy in Z5-7 where summers are cool, and that in the US it's only well adapted to the Pacific northwest. Dirr also says its mature height is 30-50'.

Boston's Arnold Arboretum (Z6a) grows 8 different accessions of this species.

Neutral

On Apr 23, 2015, steelhead215 from Olympia, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I was thrilled to find a specimen in my area (Olympia WA). I planted it, tended it, and fussed over it for 2 years, only to be heart-broken when it died within 2 months from what appeared to be verticillium wilt.

Neutral

On Mar 16, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Acer davidii DAVID MAPLE Dec (z6) (Bon)
"A small tree with attractively striated green & white bark"(Hillier) & large dark-green leaves on "rhubarb-red stalks"; in autumn, nice fall color & attractive winged fruits all along the branches. Sun-PSh/Med