Acer capillipes #2 at Cathays Cemetery

Acer capillipes 0

Acer capillipes
mid April 2021

Acer capillipes 1

Acer capillipes
mid May 2021

Acer capillipes 2

Acer capillipes
early November 2021

Grid reference ST 18095 78508
Common name Red snake-bark maple
Origin Japan
Deciduous Yes
Map section T
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 6M May 2021
Girth 52cm May 2021
Reference 688

This tree is towards the south end, roughly midway between Fairoak and Allensbank roads.

Acer capillipes bark1

Acer capillipes bark
mid May 2021

Acer capillipes bark2

Acer capillipes bark
mid May 2021

Acer capillipes bud

Acer capillipes buds
mid April 2021

Acer capillipes bud2

Acer capillipes buds & new leaves
mid April 2021

Acer capillipes leaf1

Acer capillipes leaves
early/mid June 2021

Acer capillipes seed1

Acer capillipes seeds
early/mid June 2021

Acer capillipes seed2

Acer capillipes seeds
early/mid June 2021

Acer capillipes seed3

Acer capillipes seeds
early/mid October 2021

General tree description

Acer capillipes is a small tree up to 16 metres tall, with branches ascending steeply and greenish bark with vertical white or brown streaks giving a snakeskin effect. It has three-lobed leaves, up to 15 x 11cm, one long lobe and two small side-lobes. They emerge pink-red, become a shiny rich green and turn orange and red in autumn. Yellow-green flowers appear in clusters in late May or early June, followed by bunches of winged fruits, initially pale yellow-green, becoming crimson in autumn.