George Forrest Snake Bark Maple
Acer Davidii George Forrest
Acer davidii George Forrest has emerald green bark with vertical white stripes. It is a somewhat spreading tree with a loose canopy that doesn't cast dense shade. Suitable for most gardens. It is a vigorous tree when young, quickly reaching about 10 metres, when it slows right down and takes its time to reach a final height of 12-15 metres. The thick, dark green leaves have red stalks and turn peachy yellows and orange red in autumn with bunches of winged seeds. All of which make a tree to plant by a path or lawn, or on the edge of woodland, where it can be seen! Best grown in moist, well-drained soils, George Forrest will tolerate quite wet places and loves heavy clay.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the trees in our garden trees list are graded as standards. This means that they are graded by their girth in centimetres with the measurement generally taken about 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which varies betwen species. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. The bigger measurement means a taller tree and our standard trees are generally between 2.5 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive.
History & uses of Acer davidii George Forrest
This tree was introduced to Britain from Yunnan province, China, by George Forrest in the early 1920's. It has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit.