SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco, CA
General NotesNeeds ample water, good soil; not for areas where summers are hot, dry, and windy. New growth is red.
Native to Taiwan.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Additional Common Names
KAWAKAMI MAPLE, FORMOSAN MAPLE, snake bark maple
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 15 - 35 feet.
Growth Rate: 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Lobed and Palmate, Light Green, Red, Deciduous.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown or Yellow Winged Seed, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Striking, Cream or Green, Striated.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 6 and 15 - 17.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Aphids, Armillaria, Root Rot and Verticillium.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer caudatifolium Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/acer-caudatifolium >