Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: High

This cultivar was initially developed by the Dutch garden architect, Chris P. Broerse, who was a pioneer in planting species that could thrive together in challenging, marshy conditions. When designing the public green spaces in the Amstelveen district, he sought trees with an narrow, upright canopy that could flourish in specific Dutch environments. After identifying two Field Maples in the Elsrijk area that more or less met these criteria, he commenced his first cultivations in 1937. By 1953, the final Elsrijk specimen was chosen and has since become a highly favoured choice for lining streets and avenues throughout Holland.

In spring, young leaves emerge a vivid green with red tinged edges and mature into a mid-green shade in summer. Come autumn, leaves will transition into a stunning butterscotch yellow with hues of orange. Leaves are slightly smaller than the species.

Notably well-suited for urban environments, the Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’ with its upright canopy, serves as an excellent street tree option. It will tolerate paving, pollution, and drought. For a more compact and uniformed version cultivated in the UK, consider the Acer campestre ‘Streetwise’.

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Size

Medium

10m high x 5m wide after 25 years

Environment

A perfect pick for compact urban settings. This tree excels in challenging conditions like paving, pollution and drought, making it an excellent candidate for street planting.

Canopy

A medium size tree, with a dense and closed crown.

Foliage

Leaves are slightly smaller than the species. In spring the the tree reveals vibrant green 3 lobed leaves. These have hints of red. By summer, they transform to a rich dark green hue, then eventually the classic autumn display of golden butterscotch that is often associated with Field Maple.

Resilience

A hardy tree that thrives in a variety of soil types. It can withstand soil compaction and pollution effectively. Additionally, it exhibits a high resistance to mildew.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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