Native Region: China
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining humus rich soil.
Harvest Date: Thursday 03 January, 2013
Seed count: 15-20
Lovely snakebark maple with prominent silver tiger stripes on bright jade green bark. Dark green leaves tend to be simple with the occasional lobing depending on individual (genetic variation). Fall colour is a glowing yellow with some scarlet. Flowering trusses are much sought after by nectar and pollen seekers. Vigorous, hardy tree reaching 10 metres in height with an equal spread.
Fresh seed. Will be cold moist stored as all Acer seed lose viability when dry. Place seed in tepid water, sow sinkers immediately. Soak floating seed 4-24 hours until it sinks and sow immediately. Sow thinly at 6 mm deep in a sandy peat layer; tamp firm. Cold strafify for 60-120 days. Keep moist. Add a thin layer of fine mulch. Don't let germinating seed freeze, dry out or migrate onto the medium surface as this is fatal. After cold stratification period is over, expose to spring conditions to promote germination. Good indirect light is best for seedlings. Protect seed/seedlings from varmits. I prick out seedlings when dormant and grow in individual pots for first 2-3 years for best results.