Cappadocian Maple

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 Acer cappadocicum subsp. var.  Cappadocian maple
Acer cappadocicum 1.jpg
Habit: tree
Height: to
Width: to
60ft 50ft
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: SW Asia (Turkey, Caucasus, Iran)
Bloom: early spring, mid spring, late spring
Exposure: sun
Features: deciduous, flowers
Hidden fields, interally pass variables to right place
Minimum Temp: -35°C238.15 K
-31 °F
428.67 °R
USDA Zones: 5 to 8
Sunset Zones: 3-6, 31-34
Flower features:
Aceraceae > Acer cappadocicum var. ,

Acer cappadocicum (Cappadocian Maple) is a maple native to Asia, from central Turkey (ancient Cappadocia) east along the Caucasus, the Himalaya, to southwestern China.[1][2][3][4][5]

It is a medium-sized deciduous tree growing to 20-30 m tall with a broad, rounded crown. The leaves are opposite, palmately lobed with 5-7 lobes, 6-15 cm across. The leaf stems bleed a milky latex when broken. The flowers are in corymbs of 15-30 together, yellow-green with five petals 3-4 mm long; flowering occurs in early spring. The fruit is a double samara with two winged seeds, the seeds are disc-shaped, strongly flattened, 6-11 mm across and 2-3 mm thick. The wings are 2.5-3 cm long, widely spread, approaching a 180° angle. The bark is greenish-grey, smooth in young trees, becoming shallowly grooved in mature.[1][2][4][5]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Acer cappadocicum, Gled. (A. laetum, C. A. Mey.). Tree, to 50 ft.: lvs. 5-7-lobed, usually cordate, 3-6 in. across, glabrous, light green and lustrous beneath; lobes entire, acuminate: fls. greenish yellow, in upright peduncled corymbs: fr. with spreading wings, the wings usually 2-3 times as long as the nutlets. From the Caucasus to W. China and the Himalayas.—Resembles A. platanoides, but lobes of lvs. entire and branches smooth; not quite hardy N. Var. sinicum, Rehd. Smaller in every part: lvs. 2 1/2-4 in. across, usually 5-lobed, subcordate or truncate at the base: wings of fr. about twice as long as nutlet. W. China. J.H.S. 29:358 (as A. laetum var. cultratum).—Very similar to A. pictum, but always easily distinguished by the smooth greenish bark of the younger branches. Var. tricaudatum, Rehd. Similar to the preceding, but lvs. 3-lobed. J.H.S. 29:357,358. Var. horticola, Rehd. (A. laetum var. rubrum, Schwerin; A. colchicum var. rubrum, Hort.). Lvs. blood-red, when unfolding. Var. tricolor, Rehd. (A. laetum var. tricolor, Schwerin). Lvs. blood-red, sprinkled with rosy pink, when young. The last two beautiful forms usually remain shrubby. Var. aureum, Rehd. (A. laetum aureum, Hesse). Lvs. red and golden yellow.

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  • 'Rubrum' - Red Coliseum Maple. Leaves are bright red in spring then turn dark green.

There are three varieties, sometimes treated as subspecies:[3][4]

  • Acer cappadocicum var. cappadocicum. Turkey, Caucasus, northern Iran.
  • Acer cappadocicum var. indicum (Pax) Rehd. (syn. var. cultratum (Wall.) Bean). Himalaya.
  • Acer cappadocicum var. sinicum Rehd. Southwestern China.

The closely related Acer lobelii from southern Italy is also treated as a subspecies of A. cappadocicum by some authors.[4] The eastern Asian species Acer amplum, Acer pictum, and Acer truncatum are also very closely related, and often confused with A. cappadocicum in cultivation.[3]


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