Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum)

Acer truncatum leaves

El Acer truncatum It is a very decorative species that can be grown in medium to large gardens. As it grows, it gives a very pleasant shade, for which protecting itself from the sun under its branches in summer is a very pleasant experience.

As if that were not enough, it is able to resist frost without problems. So, Why not know it? Let's go there.

Origin and characteristics

Acer truncatum

Our protagonist is a deciduous tree originally from China whose scientific name is Acer truncatum. It is popularly known as the Shantung maple. It grows to a height of between 8 and 10 meters, with a wide crown 3-4m in diameter. Its leaves are made up of 5-7 lobes, and are oval to triangular. The flowers are yellowish green, and appear before the leaves. The fruit is a 3-4cm long samara, glabrous.

It is a very pretty plant, which is green in spring and yellow in fall before the leaves drop. Also, young branches are purple at first. But how do you take care of it?

What are their cares?

Acer truncatum in autumn

If you want to have a copy, we recommend that you provide it with the following care:

  • Location: outdoors, in full sun or in semi-shade.
  • Earth:
    • Garden: fertile, well drained and slightly acidic (pH 4 to 6).
    • Pot: substrate for acidic plants, or akadama mixed with 30% kiryuzuna. It is not a tree that can be kept in a container for many years.
  • Irrigation: frequent in summer, moderate the rest of the year. In general, it has to be watered 4-5 times a week during the hottest months, and every 3-4 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from early spring to late summer with ecological fertilizers once a month.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in autumn (they need to be cold before germinating).
  • Rusticity: supports up to -18ºC, but cannot live in tropical climates.

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