Acer davidii 'Serpentine' - bark
  • Acer davidii 'Serpentine' - bark

Acer davidii 'Serpentine'


(Snakebark Maple) Acer davidii 'Serpentine' is a lovely small tree, with intricate silver lines on the bark once established which gradually snake around the trunk as it grows creating a ghostly effect.

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(Snakebark Maple) The intricate silver lines on the bark of Acer davidii 'Serpentine' gradually snake around the trunk as it grows creating a ghostly effect.  The leaves are dark green and noticeably more narrow then those of a species Acer davidii.

The leaves turn rich yellow in a good autumn and are complimented by clusters of ruddy seeds on mature trees. A smaller tree than most other cultivars of snakebark maple, Acer davidii 'Serpentine' is a lovely plant for gardens with limited space and a fascinating addition to a winter garden.

  • Position: Full sun or partial shade.
  • Soil: Any well drained, fertile soil.
  • Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Acer davidii 'Serpentine' requires shelter from cold winter winds.
  • Rate of Growth: Moderate.
  • Habit: Acer davidii 'Serpentine' will grow to be a small branching tree.
    • Height: up to 5 - 6 m (16 - 20 ft) / up to 3 - 4 m (10 - 13 ft) after 10 years
    • Spread: 4 m (13 ft) / up to 3 m (10 ft) after 10 years

Data sheet

How Much Sun
Full Sun, Partial or Dappled Shade
Mature Size
Tree - Small (under 20 ft tall)
Growing Conditions
Soil Type: Acid, Soil Type: Most Soils (not to fussy)
Special Features
Autumn Colour, Ornamental Bark / Colourful Winter Stems

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