Père David’s Maple

Acer davidii, also known as David’s maple or snakebark maple, is a deciduous tree native to China. One of the key has of Acer davidii is its bark, which exhibits a striking pattern of green or dark stripes on a pale background, resembling snakeskin.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown and deeply lobed, dark green leaves that turn red and orange in autumn.


The Produce

In spring, Acer davidii produces small, greenish-yellow flowers that are not particularly showy. They are arranged in panicles.


The Flowers

Produces small, yellow-green flowers in spring.


The Leaves

They are medium green in colour.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The leaves offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental foliage and vibrant autumn colors. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Père David’s Maple is named after the French missionary and naturalist, Père Armand David, who discovered the species.

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