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ACER cappadocicum 'Aureum'

Image of Acer cappadocicum 'Aureum'

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Family

Aceraceae

Botanical Name

ACER cappadocicum 'Aureum'

Plant Common Name

Cappadocian Maple

General Description

A close relative of Norway maple that in many ways surpasses it as an ornamental plant, coliseum maple is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree found from eastern Asia to the Caucasus. The leaves of the cultivar 'Aureum' are yellow in spring and fall. In spring, clusters of small yellowish green flowers decorate the twigs, opening just before leaves expand. The five-lobed leaves emerge purple red, change quickly to greenish-yellow with bronze tips, and mature to green. In autumn, the leaves turn rich golden-yellow. The foliage may scorch in hot sun. This tree has a gray, rough-barked trunk, and may produce root suckers. Younger branches are smooth and brown.

Plant this maple in full sun, where it will form a broad round-headed tree. Moist, well-drained, acidic to neutral soil is best. This cultivar makes an ideal specimen for a large lawn.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    25'-50' / 7.6m - 15.2m

  • Width

    20'-40' / 6.1m - 12.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow Green, Chartreuse

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Red, Yellow Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No