About This Plant

Acer davidii, also known as David’s maple or snakebark maple, is a deciduous tree native to China. One of the key features of Acer davidii is its bark, which exhibits a striking pattern of green or dark stripes on a pale background, resembling snakeskin. This small to medium-sized tree adds visual interest to gardens and thrives in well-drained soil and partial to full sun.

The Story


The leaves are deciduous and palmately lobed, with three to five lobes. They are medium green in colour. In the autumn, the leaves often turn shades of yellow, orange, and red.


In spring, Acer davidii produces small, greenish-yellow flowers that are not particularly showy. They are arranged in panicles. The tree produces winged seeds, typical of the Acer genus, which are often referred to as “helicopter seeds” due to their characteristic spinning motion as they fall.
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