How do you care for Snakeskin Maple?

El Snakeskin Maple, whose scientific name is acer davidiiIt is a deciduous tree that loses its leaves in autumn that has a very, very decorative trunk. In fact, the vertical stripes seen on its bark are spectacular.

With a maximum height of 15 meters, it is one of the most recommended maples for medium-large gardens, since it provides very good shade. Do you want to know how to take care of it?

Acer davidii trunk detail

Climate and location

Our protagonist is a tree native to China that reaches a height of 10 to 15 meters and whose trunk can measure up to 40 cm in diameter. Because of that, It is a plant that can be grown in semi-shade only in medium-large gardens that enjoy a temperate climate with the four distinct seasons. being mild summer (maximum temperature not higher than 30ºC) and cold winter (with minimum temperature of up to -18ºC).


Irrigation it has to be frequentespecially during the hot summer months. He does not like to have "dry feet", but neither does he like waterlogging. The soil or substrate must always remain cool, slightly damp. The water to use has to be acidic, with a pH between 5 and 6.

Substrate / Earth

Young specimen of Acer davidii

The substrate or soil must have an acidic pH, between 5 and 6. If it has a higher pH, it will not have a good development.


Throughout the growing season, that is, from spring to late summer, it is highly recommended to pay with organic fertilizers. If it is in a pot, it is advisable to use liquid fertilizers following the indications specified on the container; In case of having it planted in the garden, organic powdered fertilizers can be used by putting a 2-3cm layer around the trunk once a month.


This maple is multiplied by seeds, which have to be stratified during the winter.

Trunk of Acer davidii

Enjoy your tree 🙂.

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