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Field Maple

Attract all manner of wildlife with this colourful species.
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£6.95

Field maple

Acer campestre

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.

Field maple

Acer campestre

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.

Whilst we are experiencing such hot weather we are trying to ensure that all our trees are watered before being dispatched but it is still likely that they will be thirsty when they arrive with you. We would strongly advise that your trees are given water as soon as they arrive and are then watered before and after you plant them. It is likely that your new trees will need watering for a few days whilst this weather continues and we would recommend that this watering happens once the sun has gone down each evening. Please ensure you soak the ground thoroughly to ensure the roots grow down in search of further groundwater, rather than remaining near the surface. 

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. 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. 

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