|Acer campestre subsp. var.||Field Maple, Hedge maple|
|A Field Maple in Germany||
Acer campestre, common name Field Maple, is a maple native to much of Europe, north to southern England (where it is the only native maple), Denmark, Poland and Belarus, and also southwest Asia from Turkey to the Caucasus, and north Africa in the Atlas Mountains. In North America it is known as Hedge Maple and in Australia it is sometimes called Common Maple. Field Maple is widely grown as an ornamental tree in parks and large gardens.
It is a deciduous tree reaching 15-25 m tall, with a trunk up to 1 m diameter, with finely fissured, often somewhat corky bark. The shoots are brown, with dark brown winter buds. The leaves are in opposite pairs, 5-16 cm long (including the 3-9 cm petiole) and 5–10 cm broad, with five blunt, rounded lobes with a smooth margin. Usually monoecious, the flowers are produced in spring at the same time as the leaves open, yellow-green, in erect clusters 4-6 cm across, and are insect pollinated. The fruit is a samara with two winged seeds aligned at 180º, each seed 8-10 mm wide, flat, with a 2 cm wing.
|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Acer campestre, Linn. Shrub or tree, occasionally 50 ft., with corky branches: lvs. 3-5-lobed, l 1/2-3 1/2 in. long, green and pubescent beneath or nearly glabrous; lobes entire or the middle one slightly 3-lobed: corymbs erect, hairy: fr. with horizontally spreading wings. Eu., W.Asia. —Shrub or tree of moderate, dense growth, with dull green foliage, valuable for planting as undergrowth and on dry ground. Many varieties and garden forms: Var. argenteo-variegatum, Schwerin. Lvs. with large white blotches. Var. pulverulentum, Kirchn. Lvs. sprinkled with white. Var. austriacum, DC. Usually a tree: lvs. 5-lobed, with acute, nearly entire lobes: fr. glabrous. Var. tauricum, Kirchn. Shrub: lvs. 5-lobed; small, lobes 3-lobed. Var. hebecarpum, DC. Fr. and generally the lvs. pubescent beneathCH.
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- 'Queen Elizabeth' - shinier leaves, more erect growth
- Acer campestre var. campestre. Fruit downy.
- Acer campestre var. leiocarpum (Opiz) Wallr. (syn. A. campestre subsp. leiocarpum). Fruit hairless.
Field Maple foliage and fruit
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