Maple Trees | Acer Tree

Acer or Maple trees are a firm favourite because of their distinctive leaf shapes and vibrant foliage that change colour through the seasons on many varieties. Colours include purple, pink, red, orange, yellow and green. We offer over 65 varieties of Acer tree, including many varieties of Japanese Maples, Norway Maples, Field Maples and some more unusual choices.

Whilst primarily known for their leaves, Maple trees can also produce flowers and fruits called 'samaras', also commonly known as 'maple keys', 'whirlybirds' and 'polynoses'. The fruits spin as they fall due to their shape and children often refer to them as helicopters. The US army even designed an air drop supply carrier based on this 'helicopter' technique.

The range here covers both Maple trees and shrubs, plus a choice of forms including upright, spreading, mound forming and rounded. The vibrant colours and distinctive shapes of their leaves make Maple trees a great addition to any garden or planting scheme.

History and Uses of Acer Trees

Acer is the latin name for the genus, which comprises approximately 130 species and over 700 cultivars. As Acer trees often have attractive autumn foliage colour, many countries have leaf-watching traditions. The Japanese custom of watching Acer leaves change colour is called momijigari. The same tradition is called Danpung-Nori in Korea.

Culturally, the maple leaf has been a common symbol for strength and endurance. It is featured on both the Canadian flag and the Canadian coat of arms and is also their national tree.

Beyond their use as ornamental trees, some Maple trees have more practical uses. The ever popular maple syrup is of course made from a type of maple tree (sugar maple - Acer saccharum). It takes approx. 40 litres of sap to make 1 lite of syrup. Certain species of maple tree make for good timber, with Sugar maple being used for making bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts and butcher's blocks. Known as a tonewood (meaning that is carries sound waves well) it is also used for making several types of musical instruments as it has a brighter sound than mahogany. Maple made instruments include: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, electric guitars, drums and drum sticks.


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