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Useful Temperate Plants

Acer cappadocicum

Gled.

Sapindaceae

+ Synonyms

Acer colchicum Hartwiss

Acer divergens K.Koch ex Paxton

Acer laetum C.A.Mey.

Acer lobelii colchicum (Hartwiss) Pax

Acer lobelii dissectum Wesm.

Acer lobelii horticolum Pax

Acer lobelii indicum Pax

Acer lobelii laetum (C.A.Mey.) Pax

Acer lobelii striatum Schwer.

Acer platanoides integrilobum Tausch

Acer platanoides lobelii (Ten.) Loudon

Acer quinquelobum K.Koch

Common Name: Cappadocian Maple

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General Information

Acer cappadocicum is a deciduous tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall[
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for mainly local use of its wood. It has been suggested as of value in soil stabilization projects in dry valleys in Turkey, and is also grown as an ornamental in gardens.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Range

Asia - Turkey, Caucasus, Iran, China (Gansu, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan), Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bhutan

Habitat

Dry valleys[
1264
Title
Some Native Plants for Erosion Control Efforts in Coruh River Valley, Artvin, Turkey
Publication
Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 9 (4) 667-673, 2006
Author
Askin Gokturk; Zafer Olmez; Fatih Temel
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
1028-8880
Description
 
]. Mixed forests; at elevations from 1,500 - 3,000 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitDeciduous Tree
Height15.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Acer cappadocicum is a moderately cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -20°c when dormant[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]..
Acer species are generally of easy cultivation, growing best in full sun or light, dappled shade and succeeding in most well-drained but moisture-retentive soils[
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. This species succeeds in chalky soils[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Established plants are drought tolerant.
There is much confusion between this maple and Acer mono (formerly known as Acer pictum) and many trees bearing the label 'Acer pictum' are really cappadocicum. The best means of distinguishing between the two (as seen in cultivation) is by the second-year wood; in Acer cappadocicum this remains smooth and greenish or purplish, while in Acer mono it becomes wrinkled or fissured and grey-brown[
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
].
The plant is andromonoecious, producing both male flowers and hermaphrodite flowers[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant has been suggested as of value in soil stabilization projects in dry valleys in Turkey[
1264
Title
Some Native Plants for Erosion Control Efforts in Coruh River Valley, Artvin, Turkey
Publication
Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences 9 (4) 667-673, 2006
Author
Askin Gokturk; Zafer Olmez; Fatih Temel
Publisher
 
Year
2006
ISBN
1028-8880
Description
 
].

Other Uses

The white wood is soft to moderately hard, close-grained with a pretty, fine silver-grain. The wood is used for construction, ploughs, bedsteads, and poles to carry loads. Tibetan drinking-cups are made of the knotty excrescences[
146
Title
A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Publication
 
Author
Gamble. J. S.
Publisher
Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh
Year
1972
ISBN
-
Description
First written in the 19th century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it usually germinates in the following spring. Pre-soak stored seed for 24 hours and then stratify for 2 - 4 months at 1 - 8°c. It can be slow to germinate. The seed can be harvested 'green' (when it has fully developed but before it has dried and produced any germination inhibitors) and sown immediately. It should germinate in late winter. If the seed is harvested too soon it will produce very weak plants or no plants at all[
80
Title
Hardy Woody Plants from Seed.
Publication
 
Author
McMillan-Browse. P.
Publisher
Grower Books
Year
1985
ISBN
0-901361-21-6
Description
Does not deal with many species but it is very comprehensive on those that it does cover. Not for casual reading.
,
113
Title
The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation.
Publication
 
Author
Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W.
Publisher
Athens Ga. Varsity Press
Year
1987
ISBN
0942375009
Description
A very detailed book on propagating trees. Not for the casual reader.
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until they are 20cm or more tall before planting them out in their permanent positions.
Layering, which takes about 12 months, is successful with most species in this genus.
Cuttings of young shoots in early summer . The cuttings should have 2 - 3 pairs of leaves, plus one pair of buds at the base. Remove a very thin slice of bark at the base of the cutting, rooting is improved if a rooting hormone is used. The rooted cuttings must show new growth during the summer before being potted up otherwise they are unlikely to survive the winter.

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