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Field maple. Margaret Bartonfield maple

Acer campestre

Facts

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field maple fact sheet

  • Often shrub-like in hedges
     
  • Can grow up to 20m tall
     
  • Hard green-brown, fissured bark
     
  • Leaves in April in opposite pairs, on a leaf stalk with milky sap
     
  • The lobed leaves show striking autumn colours and are much smaller than the related sycamore
     
  • Paired, winged fruits, like helicopter blades, are yellow-green tinged with crimson
     

Field maple leaves autumn tint. Ilene SternsWhere found

Found naturally in lowland England and Wales.
 

When to look for

Fabulous field maple facts

  • The only native maple in the British Isles

  • The leaves  produce a honeydew that attracts white hairstreak butterflies

  • In Alsatian folklore, branches of field maple around the house ensured protection against bats

  • Popular among bonsai enthusiasts, being easy to grow, with small leaves and good autumn colour

  • The wood was valued for its fine grain and used for wood turning and high quality carving