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Acer cappadocian Rubrum


Red Cappadocian maple

A handsome tree with golden autumn colours

A most attractive large tree with dark red new growth in spring and large, lobed leaves that turn from glossy green to rich yellow before falling in autumn.


An excellent tree for an open site with some protection from cold winds.


Enjoys a deep, moist but well-drained loamy soil. A good tree for an avenue, park or large garden.

Native to the Caucasus and Western Asia. First cultivated in the 1830's

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Autumn
Flowering May - June
Evergreen No
Plant height 300 cm - 1200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 1000 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From February to September