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Field Maple

Acer campestre

Also known as

Common Maple, Dog Oak, Hedge Maple, Master Tree, Common Elder, Maple

Acer campestre in Appennino2 by Galloramenu (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








20 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Field Maple Overview

Acer campestre is a hardy, medium-sized deciduous tree from the Sapindaceae family. It has a compact but bushy crown. Commonly known by the names Field Maple, Common Maple and Dog Oak, amongst others, it has lobed leaves which turn from purple-red in spring, to dark green in summer and to gold in autumn. It produces winged maple fruits from small green flowers that develop in spring. Acer Campestre grows well in most situations, enjoying full sun to partial shade and moist, well-draining soil. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative that showcases plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating - and other - insect wildlife into your garden! Sometimes used for hedging and as windbreaks in coastal areas, Acer Campestre is the only Maple native to the UK and is good for resisting pollution. This, along with its compact habit and low maintenance needs, makes it popular for parks and informal domestic garden styles.

Common problems with Field Maple

Horse chestnut scale and Verticillium wilt may be a problems

How to propagate Field Maple



Take softwood cuttings in early summer.


By grafting or simple layering in late winter or early spring.



By budding in summer.

Special features of Field Maple

Autumn colour

Hedge plant

Wind break

Attractive leaves

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