Shantung Maple (Acer truncatum)

The Acer truncatum is a very decorative species that can be grown in medium to large gardens. As it grows, it gives a very pleasant shade, so protecting yourself from the sun under its branches in summer is a very pleasant experience.

As if that were not enough, it is able to withstand frost without problems. So why not meet him? Let’s go there.

Origin and characteristics

Our protagonist is a deciduous tree from China whose scientific name is Acer truncatum. It is popularly known as the Shantung maple. It grows to a height of between 8 and 10 meters, with a wide crown 3-4m in diameter. Its leaves are made up of 5-7 lobes, and are oval to triangular. The flowers are yellowish-green, and appear before the leaves. The fruit is a 3-4cm long samara, glabrous.

It is a very pretty plant, green in the spring and yellow in the fall before the leaves drop. Also, the young branches are purple at first. But how do you take care of it?

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, we recommend you provide the following care:

  • Location: outdoors, in full sun or in semi-shade.
  • Land:
    • Garden: fertile, well drained and slightly acidic (pH 4 to 6).
    • Pot: substrate for acidic plants, or akadama mixed with 30% kiryuzuna. It is not a tree that can be kept in a container for many years.
  • Irrigation: frequent in summer, moderate the rest of the year. In general it has to be watered 4-5 times a week during the hottest months, and every 3-4 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: from early spring to late summer with organic fertilizers once a month.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in autumn (they need to be cold before germinating).
  • Hardiness: supports up to -18ºC, but cannot live in tropical climates.

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