Golden Cappadocian Maple, Large Trees
- Turkish. Smaller than Rubrum.
- Tidy, dome shaped tree. Great leaf colours.
- RHS Award of Garden Merit.
- Max. Height: 20m
- Bareroot Delivery: Nov-Mar.
Acer cappadocicum Aureum: Bareroot Golden Maple Trees in Standard Sizes
The Golden Cappadocian Maple's leaves are rich purple-red when young, before turning bright yellow, then green in summer, and back to a milder yellow in Autumn. It has a tidy, dome shaped canopy of slender branches. It is best in a sunny location, where its changing display of leaf colour can be seen at its best advantage. Golden Maple is especially effective when planted in front of evergreen trees, where its bright, changing foliage will contrast well.
It can reach a height of about 10-15 metres.
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Delivery season: Maple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).
- Height: 10-15m
- Soil: Moist, fertile, plenty of sun.
- Use: Avenues
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Golden Cappadocian Maples
To really thrive and produce the best Autumn colour, it likes rich, moist soil on the acidic side in full sun, but they should be fine anywhere except shallow chalk and dry sites. It is not suitable for polluted urban or exposed areas.
It is common for the crown of the young tree to get a little tangled, so keep an eye on it and remove awkwardly placed branches when you see them.
Did You Know?
Cappadocian Maples are native to Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe. This variety was bred in Weener, Germany by Hesse Baumschulen (tree nursery) around 1914.
Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.
Notes on planting Acer cappadocicum Aureum trees:
Your trees will grow on any fertile soil with decent drainage. They are quite shade tolerant, but we really recommend planting them in full sun.
These maples don't grow well on exposed sites and will suffer if they are planted beside a busy city road.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the site where you plant a tree several months in advance. Kill the weeds first: for tough weeds like nettles, brambles and ground elder, you will usually need a weed-killer to get rid of them. When you dig the soil over, remove stones and other rubbish and mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
Watch our video on how to plant a tree for full instructions.
Remember to water establishing trees during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Tree Planting accessories:
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
You can buy a tree planting pack with a wooden stake & rubber tie to support the tree and a mulch mat with pegs to protect the soil around the base of your tree from weeds and drying out.
We suggest that you use mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of all newly planted large trees: if your soil quality is poor, we strongly recommend it.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.