Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive
This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Maximowicz's Snakebark Maple
Another example of the excellent maple collection in Belfast Botanic Gardens, this lovely, rare, small maple was collected by Ernest Wilson in 1910 in Central China where it grows in mixed forest from 1800 to 2500m. It is a slow growing small tree with three- or five-lobed leaves. The bark is attractively striped and the leaves turn spectacular red and purple shades in autumn. The specimen in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is in the grass near the main path from the Botanic School gate to the Botanic Avenue gate (close to the fern-leaved beech tree).This maple seems to be frequently confused (particularly in web articles and trade lists) with Acer maximowiczianum (Nikko maple).The latter maple has a compound leaf with three separate leaflets quite unlike the lobed leaves of A. maximowiczii. Another maple with three leaflets, A. triflorum, grows near the A. maximowiczii in the Botanic Gardens.