Montpellier Maple Acer monspessulanum

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Botanical Name:

Acer monspessulanum

Family:

Sapindaceae

Genus:

Acer

Species:

monspessulanum

Common Name:

Montpellier Maple

Height:
30-50 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
5

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: fall sowing in mulched beds is prefered to artificial stratification.
In a Nutshell:
* Maple native to the Mediterranean region from Morocco and Portugal in the west, to Turkey and Lebanon in the east, and north to the Jura Mountains in France and the Eifel in Germany . more...
* It is a medium-sized deciduous tree or densely-branched shrub that grows to a height of 10-15 m more...
[ edit ] Description Acer monspessulanum is a medium-sized deciduous tree or densely-branched shrub that grows to a height of 10–15 m (rarely to 20 m). [ 5 ] The trunk is up to 75 cm diameter, with smooth, dark grey bark on young trees, becoming finely fissured on old trees. Among similar maples is most easily distinguished by its small three-lobed leaves , 3–6 cm long and 3–7 cm wide, glossy dark green, sometimes a bit leathery, and with a smooth margin, with a 2–5 cm petiole. The leaves fall very late in autumn, typically in November. The flowers are produced in spring, in pendulous, yellow to white corymbs 2–3 cm long. The samaras are 2–3 cm long with rounded nutlets. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] Flowers and young leaves in spring [ edit ] Subspecies It is variable, and a number of subspecies and varieties have been described, but few are widely accepted as distinct. The most widely accepted as distinct is Acer monspessulanum subsp. microphyllum (Boiss.) Bornmueller, from Turkey and Lebanon, with smaller leaves not over 3 cm broad. [ 3 ] The species can be mistaken for Acer campestre (Field Maple), another maple native to Europe , from which it is best distinguished by the clear sap in the leaves (milk-white in Field Maple), and the much narrower angle between the samara wings. [ 3 ] [ 4 ]
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Bonsai Comments:

Montpellier Maple is a rare maple variety popular with bonsai enthusiasts for its distinctive appearance.
Its three-lobed, obtuse leaves are naturally small and easily reduced. The bonsai's scrubby ornate bark and good response to bonsai techniques are a good combination.
The spring leaves are a glossy dark green dense foliage followed by a brilliant yellow and orange color in the fall. Acer monspessulanum can withstand warmer climates and full sun, with partial shade in midsummer better than other maples.

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