David Maple, Père David's Maple A-ser da-VID-e-i
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, 30-50 ft (9-15 m), upright, slightly spreading, variable. Leaves opposite, simple, 7.5-18 cm long, 4-10 cm wide, unlobed on mature trees (almost all 3-lobed on young trees), slightly heart-shaped at base, unevenly toothed, glossy green; in the fall, golden with some red-orange. Flowers small, yellowish, in slender, pendulous, 5-7.5 cm long, clusters (racemes); female clusters longer than male. Fruits, glabrous, about 3 cm long, wings horizontally spread.
- Sun or light shade. Grows in clay, loam, or sand in normal pH range. Somewhat tolerant of wind, wet conditions, and drought.
- The typical "species" form may not be in cultivation. Several cultivars exist in commerce but often only sold as Acer
davidii. Two of the more common cultivars are:
- Ernest Wilson - round compact crown, bark conspicuously striped, leaves unlobed, green
- George Forrest - pink-red young stems, leaves reddish when unfolding then dark green, described as both unlobed and 3-lobed, triangular shaped. NOTE: Seedlings of both cultivar may be in the nursery trade under the cultivar name, but of course not identical to the cultivar (van Gelderen and van Gelderen, 1999).
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to central China.
- davidii: after the Jesuit priest, Jean Pierre Armand David, who discovered it in China in 1869.
- Acer davidii is one of several Acer species known as a Stripebark or Snakebark Maple.
Some of the others include: A. capillipes, A. pensylvanicum, A. rufinerve, and
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south of Adams Hall near 15th St. and A St.