Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: High

Our native Acer campestre has traditionally found its place in hedgerows and expansive rural landscapes. However, its unpredictable canopy hasn’t always made it a top choice for inner-city urban planting. Recognising the numerous advantages of our native trees, former Hillier Trees director, Hossein Arshadi carried forward Hilliers legacy by pioneering the Streetwise section.

Though the term ‘Streetwise’ was coined only two decades ago, its concept dates back over 40 years. Specifically for Acer campestre, we meticulously selected five distinct Field Maples with pronounced upright branches from our field production. Each year, these specimens underwent propagation, allowing us to closely monitor attributes like exceptional autumn hues, resistance to pests and diseases, as well as desirable canopy shape and growth patterns. After nearly 20 years of rigorous evaluation, Cultivar Number 4 emerged as the standout, earning its title as the Hillier Acer campestre ‘Streetwise’.

Designed with urban environments in focus, this native tree exhibits remarkable resilience, adapting well to regular pruning and maintenance regimes. Its uniform, upright canopy makes it perfect for areas frequented by vehicles and pedestrians, such as carparks, central reservations and pathways. Notably versatile, it thrives in varied soil conditions, showcasing both drought resistance and the ability to withstand waterlogged conditions. Given its native status, it remains a cherished habitat tree for local fauna, including bees and butterflies.

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Size

Medium

7m high x 4m wide after 25 years

Environment

Its canopy makes it perfect for areas frequented by vehicles and pedestrians, such as carparks, central reservations and pathways.

Canopy

Uniformed and upright.

Foliage

Leaves are a deep emerald green, which develop into the most spectacular autumn gold of all our native trees.

Clonal

A cultivar produced and grown at Hillier Nurseries by former director Hossein Arshadi. This tree was bred to retain all the qualities of the native Field Maple but consistently providing a uniformed, upright canopy with a dominate central leader. The crown pear drop shape is retained throughout maturity allowing for new exciting options of urban and commercial planting.

Resilience

Notably versatile, it thrives in varied soil conditions, showcasing both drought resistance and the ability to withstand waterlogged conditions.

Wildlife

A cherished habitat tree for local fauna, including bees and butterflies. 

Available As:

Semi-Mature, Super Semi-Mature

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