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Acer campestre (Field Maple) – Bareroot


Acer campestre – Field Maple – Fast growing, medium sized, deciduous tree, native to the UK. Maple like leaves that are tinged red in early spring before turning green, then yellow in autumn. Flowers small greenish-yellow in spring, followed by winged seeds in autumn. Excellent to make a dense hedge.
Grow in moist, well-drained soil of any type (chalk, clay, loam, sand) in full sun or partial shade. Fully hardy.

Minimum order of 25 whips.



Acer campestre, commonly known as Field Maple, is a deciduous tree that is often used for hedging due to its versatile characteristics and aesthetic appeal. Here’s an overview of Acer campestre as a hedging plant:

  1. Appearance:
    • Field Maple is known for its compact and bushy growth habit, making it an ideal candidate for hedging. It typically grows to a height of 15-25 feet when mature, but when used as a hedge, it can be easily maintained at a lower height through regular pruning.
    • The leaves are small, green, and five-lobed, turning a vibrant yellow in the fall before dropping, providing a seasonal interest and adding visual appeal to the landscape.
  2. Seasonal Interest:
    • In spring, Field Maple produces inconspicuous yellow-green flowers, which are followed by the development of winged seeds known as samaras.
    • The fall color transformation to yellow adds warmth and variety to the hedging, making it a visually pleasing choice for different seasons.
  3. Hardiness and Adaptability:
    • Field Maple is known for its hardiness and adaptability to a variety of soil types. It can thrive in both acidic and alkaline soils, making it a versatile option for different garden settings.
    • This tree is relatively tolerant of urban pollution, making it suitable for planting in urban environments or along streets.
  4. Wildlife Habitat:
    • The dense foliage of Field Maple provides an excellent habitat for birds and insects. It contributes positively to the local ecosystem by attracting pollinators and providing shelter for small wildlife.
  5. Low Maintenance:
    • Acer campestre is a relatively low-maintenance hedging plant. It responds well to regular pruning, allowing you to maintain the desired shape and size. Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring.
  6. Landscape Uses:
    • Field Maple is versatile and can be used in various landscape settings. As a hedge, it can be used to define property boundaries, create privacy screens, or as a windbreak.
    • It works well in both formal and informal garden designs, adapting to different styles and aesthetics.

For information on how to plant a hedge please CLICK HERE.

Additional information

Preferred Aspect



Partial shade;Full sun

Soil Type




Flowering Time




Pruning Time

Late Autumn;Winter

Ultimate Height

12+ metres

Ultimate Spread

4+ metres