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Field Maple Red Shine ACER CAMPESTRE RED SHINE

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Product description

ACER CAMPESTRE RED SHINE - Field Maple Red Shine

Characteristics

Acer campestre 'Red Shine' is a colourful twist on the native field maple with young foliage that emerges in shades of red and burgundy, maturing to green. The autumn show is like the species, though - a beautiful butter yellow. A medium-sized, deciduous tree with a bushy, rounded head, field maple can grow 12m (35ft) tall in good conditions, with a spread up to 6m, but often stays smaller. The small leaves are of typical maple shape, though more rounded than some in the Acer family.

When young, the bark has a curious cork-like appearance, though as the tree matures this disappears. Inconspicuous spring flowers develop into winged seedpods, which are tinged pink at first.

Where to grow

Field maple will grow on most sites and is even happy on shallow soil over limestone.

Did you know?

Field maple shot to fame in 2011 when it was chosen as one of the trees used to line the aisle of Westminster Abbey at the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. "The trees are field maples, which is a very English native tree and the field maples symbolise reserve and humility,” said Shane Connolly, the artistic director of flowers for the ceremony.

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Clay
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Small leaves
Flowering month
April
May
Native / Naturalised
Native
Hedging
Native Hedge
Other
Good at altitude
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Wind break

Features

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
Spread
5-10 metres
Shape / habit
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Clay
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Partial shade
Difficulty / hard to grow
Easy
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Summer
Autumn colour
Yellow
Leaf
Green
Foliage
Small leaves
Flowering month
April
May
Native / Naturalised
Native
Hedging
Native Hedge
Other
Good at altitude
Uses
Screening
Parkland Tree
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Country/Farmland
Encourages wildlife
Wind break

Aftercare

Pruning Acer Campestre

Acer Campestre can be formatively pruned to create a clear stemmed tree, but once established should only require pruning to remove damaged or diseased stems. If planting as a hedgerow, only cut the laterals back until the hedge is at the desired height, then trim annually to maintain. An established Acer Campestre hedgerow can take hard cutting, and can also be laid.

What time of year should I prune?  Prune in winter (November to January) when the plant is dormant. Acers will bleed sap if pruned while in growth, which is usually not harmful but can be unsightly.

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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