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Acer davidii George Forrest



Unique red bark and brilliantly coloured foliage in the autumn

A wonderful Acer with interesting bark that is coloured purple-red to green and streaked with creamy-white vertical stripes. The green oval leaves help to emphasis the coral coloured stems, which turn rust-orange in autumn. Pale yellow flowers appear in spring, followed by pink-brown fruit.


A low maintenance tree that is ideal for city or urban gardens, or it can be used as an architectural feature. It prefers to grow in a sheltered, partially shaded spot.


It happily grows in most soil types, that are moist and well-drained.

Found in the Yunnan province in China and brought to Britain by George Forrest in the 1920s.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 800 cm - 1200 cm
Plant width 400 cm - 800 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 140 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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