This is the UK’s only native maple. It’s a compact, rounded tree with attractive 5-lobed leaves that turn a rich golden yellow in autumn. It produces the hardest, highest density timber of all European maples. It makes a great hedging plant. Druids valued the field maple for the colour-changing ability when it transforms from silver to gold, a kind of natural alchemy that they called “sunshine fire”.
Estimate full grown height: 20 metres maximum, but are usually smaller. Field Maple trees grow an estimated 40-60cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: Field maple is a fantastic tree for the wildlife garden. It’s attractive to aphids and therefore their predators, including many species of ladybird, hoverfly and bird. The leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of several species of moth, including the sycamore moth, the mocha, the maple pug, the small yellow wave, the prominent and the maple prominent. The flowers provide nectar and pollen for bees and birds, and small mammals eat the fruits.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Grows well on most sites except particularly waterlogged soils.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our field maple page.