Variegated Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus Simon Louis Frere

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Price per plant £48.00
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Price per plant £108.00
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Product description



A medium tree Acer pseudoplatanus Simon Louis Frere is a very attractive, variegated form of the common Sycamore. Smaller and slower growing than the original it will only reach about 15m (48ft) in height, with a broad, round to pyramid-shaped crown. This trees main feature is its variegated leaves that open pink before tuning green with cream and white speckles in the summer. A good tree to plant in contrast to darker maples, such as Acer platanoides Crimson King or Acer platanoides Crimson Sentry.

Where to grow

It will grow well on even the worse soils, and can cope with both air pollution and even sites with salty sea winds. Like many of the variegated maples it is prone to reversion that must be pruned out as soon as it appears.

Did you know?

These variegated forms were popular in the late Victorian period especially in Northern Europe.  Other similar variegated Sycamores are Tricolor and Leopoldii.

Mature height
Medium - 10-15 metres
5-10 meters
Round Headed
Growth rate
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty/hard to grow
Season of interest
Green and Yellow (variegated)
Large Leaves
Parkland Tree
City/Urban Sites


Pruning Acer Pseudoplatanus Simon Louis Frere

Acer pseudoplatanus Simon Louis Frere is a low maintenance tree and requires very little to no regular pruning. New growth can bring leaves that have reverted to plain green, so remove these shoots in order to retain the leaf colour.

Prune out any diseased or damaged stems, cutting flush to the main stem is the best method.

What time of year should I prune?  Prune in winter (November to January) when the plant is dormant. Acers will bleed sap if pruned too early

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


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.


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.


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.


By T.Munro on 06/06/2015

i have a 30 year old vatiegated sycamore/maple in my garden. One large branch almost half the tree has plain green leaves which I don’t want. Can I remove this without killing the tree?
Also my neighbour who has horses in the paddock next to my garden says the seedlings are everywhere and are toxic to horses. Is this worrying. There other sycamores around so maybe my tree is not to blame but it is SW of the paddock.

By Simon on 24/06/2015


Yes all variegated trees are prone to reversion like this. The best ting to do it to prune out any green branches. The tree will cope with this well.

Regarding the horses, it is always best to check with a vet. But it is my understanding that the seeds from normal green sycamores can be harmful to horses. So it would be a good bet that the seeds from this variety may also be harmful but I do not have any experience of this myself.

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