Acer campestre 'Carnival'

Hedge Maple

Plant Type:


Acer campestre 'Carnival' - Outstanding green and white variegated leaves, small with stout lobes. New leaves emerge with some red, quickly fading pink-infused until maturation. The white variegation often accounts for 50% of the mature foliage demanding attention. The variegation is steadfast all through the growing season. Autumn leaves may develop gold to orange coloration; consider this trait a bonus when it occurs for it may not develop every year. A shrubby maple as evidenced by the specie's common moniker, Hedge Maple, 'Carnival' will branch low on the trunk. It can be pruned into a low-branched small tree or allowed to display its genetic disposition, eye-catching in any chosen expression. 'Carnival' was spotted as a chance nursery seedling in Holland, 1989. Site in half to three-quarters sun. Harsh afternoon sun can burn leaves especially in more southerly haunts. Plant in fertile, draining soil; though adaptable to soil type, even sandy to limey, constant damp can be deleterious. Small established starter tree from cutting - not grafted.


10-13 ft


10-13 ft

Characteristics and Attributes for Acer campestre 'Carnival'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color


  • Full Sun


  • Border
  • Shrub Border
  • Espalier
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Hedge
  • Hedgerow
  • Filler
  • Bonsai Candidate
  • Screen
  • Accent

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Scrabbled
  • Fertile
  • Average
  • Sandy
  • Draining
  • Adaptable
  • Calcareous


  • Garden Origin

Genus Overview: Acer

So many maples, so little time! There are an extraordinary number of very good species in Aceraceae, many of smaller stature that fit well in smaller landscapes and gardens of any size. Most have multi-season appeal and, indeed, these are the ones to which we at Quackin’ Grass Nursery gravitate. Most are content in fertile draining soils sited in full sun. Others are happier in the part sun conditions akin to the understory stature as suggested by their size. Through the years we have found that many maples when planted in the far northern end of the USDA hardiness range respond well to protection during at least their first winter - preferably more - in the landscape, i.e. use tall stakes set firmly in the ground with burlap attached completely barricading the tree. All of our maple offerings are cutting grown; these plants are not grafted.