Acer Cappadocicim Aureum Golden Caucasian Maple Tree AKA Golden Cappadocian Maple
The headline for this Maple tree is the RHS Award Of Garden Merit.
It is a medium tree growing to around 6x4m height and spread at the 10 year point. When we say medium, we don't mean communicates with the dead. Could grow more after that or might just stay where it is (height that is not location!). Heights and spread of over 12x8m are not uncommon but manual pruning will keep the tree at any height and shape you prefer.
The new foliage is a stunning red (emotionally speaking, not Taser like) and turn into a vivid yellow, then green and then onto a great display of Autumnal colours.
The flowers are small, yellow and appear in the Spring. Suckering may occur and it is best to remove these. This is where new green shoots grow direct from the trunk and these usually amount to nothing and can be removed by rubbing off.
An excellent tree for Avenues, parks and Gardens. Planting near evergreens will provide excellent contrast and interest.
Golden Caucasian Maple 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 Golden Caucasian Maple
Plant in a full sun or partial shade position in fertile and well draining soil in a location that doesn't get below minus 20 degrees centigrade. Golden Caucasian Maple will tolerate most soil conditions to include sand, clay, loam and 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 Golden Caucasian Maple 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 Golden Caucasian Maple and this can be achieved with manual removal, mulching, decorative stones, agricultural matting or glyphosate (weed killer).
Pruning Golden Caucasian Maple
Unlike most other Maples, you can hard prune this tree at any time without fear of the tree bleeding excessively. You should always cut out dead, diseased and crossing over branches.
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 Golden Caucasian Maple
Bred in Germany around 1914.
Native to Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe.
FAQ Questions About Golden Caucasian Maple
(Q) Bred in Germany at the start of WW1 and named Caucasian, bit controversial don't you think?
(A) We are reasonably sure these trees never saw military service.
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.
Climate Change has increased aesthetic foliage issues such as Powdery Mildew, Shothole, Rust, frost damage etc These are not terminal issues and will usually last a season or less. All trees are inspected before being sent out to ensure they are fundamentally healthy and will bounce back.