SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Morton Arboretum - Lisle, IL, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and UC Berkeley Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA
This tree can be destinguished from other maples by its small three-lobed leaves. Leaves are a dark, glossy green, and somewhat leathery. Because of its similarity, this tree may be mistaken for A. campestre, another European native maple.
Native to Mediterranean Region.
Previously listed in the Aceraceae family.
Additional Common Names
Montpellier MAPLE, French Maple
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 15 - 35 feet.
Width: 10 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 40 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Dark Green, Gold or Red, Deciduous.
Yellow-Green. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown to Red Winged Seed, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Striking, Dark Brown or Dark Gray, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 14 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 10.
Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.
Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
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.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Acer monspessulanum Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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