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Care of the plant Acer obtusifolium or Syrian Maple.

Care of the plant Acer obtusifolium or Syrian Maple

In the Sapindaceae family the genus Acer is classified, consisting of about 160 species of trees and shrubs from temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Some species are: Acer obtusifolium, Acer negundo, Acer campestre, Acer sempervirens, Acer platanoides, Acer pseudoplatanus, Acer palmatum.

Common name: Syrian Maple. This species is native to Eastern mediterranean.

They are shrubs or small trees with smooth bark and pyramidal bearing that reach 8 meters height. They have leathery leaves, bright green in color and trilobed in shape (three lobes). The flowers are greenish yellow but have no ornamental interest. They bloom in late winter. The fruits are small samaras 2 cm long.

Although their use is not very widespread, they can be used as isolated specimens or to form screens and informal hedges.

Acer obtusifolium prefers full sun exposure and is resistant to intense heat and frost. If the frosts are persistent, they can lose their leaves and sprout in late winter.

They can be grown in all kinds of soils except saline.

They resist drought well, so they will be watered moderately, waiting for the soil to dry.

Fertilize in the fall with compost or manure.

They are only pruned to remove old or damaged branches; pruning is done in late winter when the danger of frost has passed.

They are resistant to pests but can be attacked by fungi if there is excess moisture.

They can be easily reproduced from seeds sown in spring.

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Acer obtusifolium
Acer obtusifolium
 

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