Acer is such a large family that there are many lesser known varieties with just as much to offer as the better known ones. We've put together a range of our favourite rare, unusual and lesser known Maple varieties, with a range of stunning foliage colours, leaf shapes and uniquely patterned bark.
Acer davidii, commonly known as the Snakebark tree boasts unusual, striated bark which ranges in colour from red to brown to white. Native to China, Acer davidii was discovered by the Basque priest Armand David, a missionary stationed in central China.
Acer pseudoplatanus the Sycamore tree is native to central Europe and south-western Asia. It is named after its superficial similarity to the Platanus genus using the Ancient Greek prefix pseudo which means false. Other common names for this tree include: False Plane Tree, Great Maple and Scottish Maple. There is an ongoing dispute regarding the origin of this tree. Some state it can be traced back to the Bronze Age whilst others argue it was first introduced in 1487.
Acer Rubrum, the Red Maple, is actually named as such due to all parts of the tree (seeds, twigs and flowers) being red however most people associate its common name with the red foliage. Native to North America, the Red Maple is the state tree of Rhode Island and can be used for producing maple syrup. This variety was first introduced to the U.K in 1656 and is popularly used as a street tree for avenue planting (when room permits) as it is tolerant of pollution as well as road salt. However, when planted in this type of situation, the leaf colour will not be as vibrant.
This is just a few of our Maple trees that do not fall into the Japanese or Norway categories. However, it is easy to see that there are many varieties with lots to offer. All of our Maple trees provide wonderful ornamental value and make great garden feature trees.