Native Region: China
Zone Range: 4-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining evenly moist soil.
Harvest Date: Friday 16 November, 2012
Seed count: 15-20
Could be the hardiest of the snakebark maples. Smooth blue-green to jade green bark is heavily marked with waxy bold white stripes along the trunk and main branches, twigs are silver gray making it a real eye catcher at any season. Strong upright growth takes on an open vase form. Mid green leaves are more entire than most maples with 3 to 5 front pointing tips at shallow lobes. Lovely butter yellow early autumn colour. Ruby red winter buds on the ends of silver gray twigs are an eyecatcher even on gloomy days.
Will be cold moist stored as all Acer seed lose viability when dry. Place seed in tepid water, sow the sinkers immediately. Soak floating seed 12-24 hours until it sinks and sow immediately. Sow thinly at 6 mm deep in a sandy peat layer; tamp firm. Cold strafify for 90-120 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.