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Acer capillipes Tree

Snake Bark Maple Trees

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The joy of this small variety is in its striated snakeskin-like bark, hence why its common name is Snake Bark Maple! The bark is smooth and olive green with cream and brown vertical stripes. The distinctively shaped, three pointed foliage, attach to the stems by a bright red petiole, and turn from green to various shades of red, orange and yellow in autumn highlighting the long green fruits. Small yellow-green flowers emerge in spring.  Despite all of these glowing attributes, it is the grey-white striped bark that is the best feature of this lovely small tree.

The tree itself is spreading, with a vase shaped crown, with red tipped branches which arch to a gently weeping effect, making this a structurally beautiful tree. Expect an approximate height and spread of 5 x 4 metres in 20 years.

This tree was introduced from Japan in 1892 by Charles Prague Sargent, the first director of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum.


AKA Snake Bark Maple, Snakebark Maple, Red Snake Bark Maple, Kyushu Maple, Acer capillipes

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10L pot 150-180cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver. All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge. Although it is rarely a problem, we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 large trees: £19.95 + vat

Orders containing mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees are calculated in the checkout process.  These costs vary by postcode, but you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost and so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Non Mainland UK and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Acer Capillipes trees

When planting snake bark maple trees, such as Acer Capillipes, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown maple trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Snake Bark Maple trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Acer Capillipes trees

Similarly to many of our ornamental trees, snake bark maple trees do not require a lot of pruning. Remove any damaged or diseased branches when the tree is in leaf or just after leaf fall. This will prevent bleeding, which although it is not detrimental, can look unsightly. When pruning, make sure to maintain an even framework, step back and assess your work and prune proportionately.

Acer capillipes Tree (Snake Bark Maple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Snake bark maple tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Year round
  • Foliage: Green leaves turn shades of yellow, orange and red in autumn
  • Soil: Plant in moist, free-draining sites in any soil type