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Tolerances

Wet Soil: Low

Dry Soil: Medium

Lime: Medium

This cultivar is a variation of Acer cappadocicum, a species native to the Cappadocia region in central Turkey. Introduced to the UK in the 1830s, its incredulous that the Acer cappadocicum ‘Rubrum’ is still relatively uncommon. Its stunning foliage and graceful form give this tree fantastic aesthetic appeal.

The most distinctive feature of Acer cappadocicum ‘Rubrum’ is its vibrant foliage. The leaves are palmate and arranged in opposite pairs, with each leaf consisting of five to seven lobes. Young leaves are a blood red and transition in late spring-early summer to a fresh, rich green colour. As autumn approaches, leaves undergo a magnificent transformation, turning into a breath-taking symphony of vivid reds, oranges, golds and yellows. The intense hues make it a standout tree, bringing warmth and beauty to any landscape during autumn. The cycle will begin again in spring, providing a long-lasting tapestry of reds and golds.

In addition to its striking foliage, the Rubrum Cappadocian has a lovely bark, mahogany in colour when it catches the sun. This complements foliage well.

During spring, it produces inconspicuous yellowish-green flowers. Whilst not particularly showy, they add a subtle touch of charm to the tree. Following the flowers, small winged fruits develop in pairs and provide interest to the tree’s appearance.

This maple cultivar thrives in well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade, although it can tolerate a range of light conditions. It is relatively adaptable and can withstand various soil types, including clay and loam. Acer cappadocicum ‘Rubrum’ is known for its hardiness, with a tolerance to cold climates and resistance to pest and diseases.

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Size

Medium

10m high x 6m wide after 25 years

Environment

Thrives in sheltered locations away from wind, making it ideal for parks, avenues and large gardens.

Canopy

Crown forms a rounded to broadly oval shape, providing a pleasing silhouette. Tree develops a sturdy trunk and dense, symmetrical branching structure, giving it a balanced and elegant appearance.

Foliage

Leaves are palmate and with 5/7 lobes and are placed opposite each other. Blood red when young, rich green in summer and vivid reds, orange, yellow and golds in autumn.

Bark

Mahogany hue when the sun catches is. Smooth and lightly fissured.

Flowers

Inconspicuous yellowish-green.

Fruit

Small winged keys.

Resilience

Plant in well-drained soils. Can withstand damp, loamy and sandy soils, but should avoid planting in compacted areas. Prefers some protection from harsh winds. For best leaf colouration, plant in full sun.

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