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Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii

Snakebark Maple

Plant Type:

TREES

Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii​5 available. This is an extraordinary and not commonly offered small Snakebark Maple tree. Its bark is beautiful red in the winter landscape – not a watered-down color but rather a strong, deep rich red reminiscent of some of the better Redtwig Dogwoods complete with fine white stripes, a typical feature of Snakebark Maples. Butter yellow fall foliage color accompanies the increasingly red bark as the weather cools – what a knockout! Our plant came from Adam Wheeler at Broken Arrow Nursery where we first saw this beautiful maple. Plant it in front of any colored evergreen backdrop to underscore its amazingly colored bark in winter. Protect from afternoon sun. Though I’ve seen this plant listed as USDA zone 5 hardy ours died to the lower trunk just above the crown in the hard winter of 2009 in northeastern Connecticut. We’ve planted it again! On the east side of our potting shed it is flourishing, glorious and permanent. Cutting grown.


More About Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii

  • White Pin-striped Red Bark in Winter
  • Butter Yellow Autumn Leaves
  • Four Seasons Appeal
  • Medium-sized Specimen

Height:

20 ft

Spread:

25-30 ft

Zone:

6 to 7(8?)
What is my hardiness zone?

Characteristics and Attributes for Acer pectinatum subsp. forrestii

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Interesting Bark

  • Striped
  • Colored

Autumn Interest

  • Autumn Leaf Color

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Attributes

  • Alee
  • Specimen
  • Hedgerow

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Fertile

Origins

  • Asia

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown

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.