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These are seed grown, wild Field Maple hedge plants, Acer campestre. This medium sized native tree is a classic component of a mixed country hedge, suitable for almost any soil and location.
Field Maple will reach about 15-25 metres if it grows freely as a tree.
The plants on this page are young saplings, ideal for planting as hedging or in woodland projects. You can also buy larger Field Maple trees here.
Browse all of our other varieties of Maple Trees & Hedging plants for sale here.
Field Maple hedge plants are only delivered bareroot, during winter (Nov-March).
Choosing a size:
When you are ordering Field Maple plants for a hedge, we generally recommend that you use the smaller plants, known as whips, which are graded at 40/60cms or 60/80cms high. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and they will establish well in poor conditions.
Use larger plants if you want a taller hedge quickly or for instant impact.
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
Spacing a Field Maple hedge:
Plant Field Maple hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
You can also plant Field Maple at 5 plants per metre in a staggered double row, with 33 cms between each plant along the row and 40cms between the rows.
General description of Field Maple plants:
The common or field maple is a fast growing plant that responds well to brutal pruning. This makes it ideal for country hedges, which are often trimmed roughly with large strimmers. It also makes a beautiful ornamental tree, with a round canopy of twiggy branches that is useful for screening and windbreaks.
Field maple has lovely cork ridges on its young stems and is often planted on the edge of woodland. The small yellow-green flowers aren't really visible amongst the new spring leaves but they are great for bees. The flowers mature into winged seeds.
It grows almost anywhere and thrives in both chalk and heavy clay.
Field maple leaves in autumn are a clear, warm golden-yellow.
History & uses of Acer campestre:
Field maple trees aren't big enough to provide much useful timber for large objects, but the wood is strong, flexible and polishes beautifully. It is used for things like wooden bowls, decorative elements of furniture and other ornamental household items. The wood burns very well after a few months of seasoning and maple trees can be coppiced to provide fuel.