Acer grosseri var. hersii Seeds
Snake-skin maple, Bigleaf Maple, Snakebark Maple
Native to China, this ornamental snakebark maple is ideal for small gardens since it grows rapidly in its early years and then settles down to a relatively slow growth rate. Renowned for its beautiful marbled bark which is olive green with white stripes tinged with green. Long, arching spikes of green flower clusters appear in summer, followed in autumn by rich shades of yellow, orange and red foliage. Hardy to -26°Celsius, this variety has a mature size of approximately 7.5 meter high and wide; however it can be pruned to size which also makes it a stunning subject for bonsai treatment.
Maples are unrivalled for their autumn foliage colouring and variety of leaf shapes and textures. Maples are a very popular choice for the art of bonsai and many are compact enough for the average garden. Their flowers are green, yellow, orange or red and though individually small, the effect of an entire tree in flower can be striking in several species. Bark is another feature of some maples, although usually smooth grey or greenish, in the group known as the ‘snake bark maples’ it has longitudinal grey or red-brown stripes and in others it is flaky or papery. Most of the approximate 129 species come from East Asia, particularly China, where over 80 species can be found, Japan, with more than 20 species, and the eastern Himalayas. Most species are deciduous, but a few in southern Asia and the Mediterranean region are evergreen. Most maples prefer a cool, moist climate with ample rainfall in spring and summer. A planting position sheltered from strong winds suits them best. For best autumn colour, grow them in a neutral to acid soil. Propagation is generally from seed but grafting is also an option. Seed germination is aided by stratification.
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The Acer genus includes, but is not limited to the following species. Acer acuminatum, Acer aidzuense, Acer albopurpurascens, Acer ambiguum, Acer barbatum, Acer caesium, Acer calcaratum, Acer campbellii, Acer campestre, Acer fabri, Acer fedschenkoanum, Acer fengii, Acer fenzelianum, Acer flabellatum, Acer floridanum, Acer garrettii, Acer ginnala, Acer giraldii, Acer heldreichii, Acer henryi, Acer hersii, Acer hyrcanum, Acer insulare, Acer japonicum, Acer kiukiangense, Acer komarovii, Acer kuomeii, Acer lampingense, Acer mono, Acer monspessulanum, Acer morifolium, Acer nayongense, Acer negundo, Acer nigrum, Acer pubescens, Acer rubrum, Acer rufinerve, Acer saccharinum, Acer saccharum, Acer sempervirens, Acer shihweii, Acer shirasawanum, Acer sichourense, Acer sieboldianum, Acer sikkimense, Acer sinense, Acer sino-oblongum, Acer sinopurpurascens, Acer skutchii, Acer spicatum, Acer stachyophyllum, Acer sterculiaceum, Acer sunyiense, Acer sutchuenense, Acer sycopseoides, Acer syriacum, Acer tutcheri, Acer vanvolxemii, Acer velutinum, Acer villosum, Acer wangchii, Acer wardii, Acer wilsonii, Acer wuyuanense, Acer yangbiense, Acer yaoshanicum, Acer yinkunii and Acer yuii.