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.
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.
More information about this tree is available here.