Acer Pseudoplatanus Leopoldii Sycamore Tree
The large leaves are probably the first thing you will notice about this Sycamore tree, unless a glider pilot made a crash landing in the branches then they might be the second thing. Expect a mix of pink and yellow for the new foliage that later develops patches of green and cream and no two leaves are the same. The contrasting red stalks against the cream and green foliage may even get your attention more than the glider pilot climbing down your trunk. With the onset of Autumn, the foliage turns yellow before falling.
Expect a final height and spread of 20 x 15m and will likely form a pyramidal shape.
Often used in parks and ornamental gardens due to its ornate features, grow anywhere attitude, low maintenance and tolerates exposed locations.
Acer Leopoldii Reversion
This Maple does not suffer from reversion. Reversion is where the variegated foliage does not come through and a solid colour appears instead. These should be pruned out completely as they are dominant and will take over the tree.
Acer Leopoldii is supplied at a height of 150cm -250cm in a 5 -20L container, which means that the tree has an already established root system and therefore this tree can be planted any time of the year. Expect a growth rate of around 30-45cm per year.
The options usually available are:
180-240cm : These are usually 2-3 years old and will be 180-240cm tall depending on weather and time of year purchased. Usually Pruned to be Half Standard.
If the options available are less than those explained above then we are out of stock of that item.
If you require many maple trees then click WHOLESALE MAPLE TREES. These are 40cm to 60cm tall.
Planting Acer Leopoldii
Plant in a full sun or partial shade position in fertile and well draining soil in a location that doesn't get below minus 30 degrees centigrade. Acer Leopoldii will tolerate most soil conditions to include sand, clay, loam and chalk but best results are had in chalk. If you have a particularly heavy clay soil then consider mixing well rotted manure or compost into the excavated soil. A ratio of 50:50 will be ideal.
Remove any competing weeds and other plants within 100cm of your Acer Leopoldii planting spot. Dig a hole as deep as your pot but break up the bottom 5-10 cm to allow the roots to spread a little easier. The purists will tell you to make the hole square to reduce the chances of the roots spiralling round, this is your choice. Make the hole wider than the pot, this is to follow the same principle as breaking up the bottom. Try and plant so the top of the rootball soil is level with the garden soil as you need to avoid bark that was previously exposed to air being buried. If you go too deep, you can always make the top slightly "dished" by having the outer edges higher than the middle.
Water well after planting, at least 20 litres spread around the whole root system. If planting in Summer, especially long hot ones, regular watering will be important. If the soil is dry for the top 10cm or so, it will be time to water.
Keeping nearby weeds down for the first few seasons will help the young Acer Leopoldii and this can be achieved with manual removal, mulching, decorative stones, agricultural matting or glyphosate (weed killer).
Pruning Acer Leopoldii
Major pruning for this tree should be done between October and December and very light pruning in June. The seasoned gardener may think the dormant period is November to March and start hacking away but the sap starts to rise early Winter hence the specific pruning time frame.
The issue from pruning outside these times is that sap levels are high and bleeding can be an issue. It is always best to prune when you are expecting a few days of dry weather as this aids in the pruning cut healing and reducing the ingress of infection. You should always cut out dead, diseased or crossed over branches in either of the time frames listed.
If you are going to remove a large branch, it is best to do this in stages. This is because you do not want the branch to be cut almost all the way through and for it to then fall and tear bark off the tree. Removing smaller chunks will reduce the risk of this happening. On the final stage, make your first cut from underneath, this also reduces the risk of bark tearing away.
Somewhere Between Dull And Useful Information About Acer Leopoldii
Introduced in the 1860's.
Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
A cultivar from Belgium and named after King Leopold. We think it might be because the King had similar characteristics such as green skin with cream patches and was 14m tall but that is just wild speculation on our part.
FAQ Questions About Acer Leopoldii
(Q) Does Acer Leopoldii naturally attract low skilled glider pilots?
(A) No, all our Acers are safe to plant near airports.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £450 for 150cm+ trees might be discounted by contacting us
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Early Autumn Leaf Fall
Heat stress, being potted, lack of water, being boxed up for a few days etc can cause early Autumn leaf fall. Once planted, normal service will resume next season.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Warm and wet conditions from Climate Change have increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy.