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Acer pseudoplatanus

f. variegatum 'Leopoldii'


Leopold Sycamore Maple




            Mike's Opinion

this is Mike

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A European cultivar that is seldom used in Ontario for what reason I am not sure. A. pseudoplatanus can reach a height of 20 m and is a broad, dense canopied tree. Since it occurs in lean, often poor soils it can be used in similar situations on the landscape. A wonderful tree where room permits such as parks and institutional settings. Best planted where the full form of the tree can be appreciated. This cultivar is supposed to have pink in the leaves, I have never seen this and in fact believe that the cultivar Leopoldii could be confused with 'Variegatum'.



Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)

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Family
Sapindaceae (Aceraceae)
Genus
Acer
Species
pseudoplatanus
Cultivar
'Leopoldii'
Category
Woody
Type
Tree (deciduous)
Forma
variegatum
USDA Hardiness Zone
5
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4 - 6a
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7
Temperature (°C)
-29 - (-23)
Temperature (°F)
-20 - (-10)
Height
20 m
Spread
12 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
May
General Description
A large tree with a somewhat rounded canopy, casting a dark shade.
Landscape
Parks, Institutional Landscapes and Estates where room is not an issue. A. pseudoplatanus 'Leopoldii' is somewhat salt tolerant and hence it may find limited use as a street tree, especially within developments that have private roads but sufficient space for the tree to develop.
Cultivation
Easy to grow, tolerant of lean soils and winter salt.
Shape
Large rounded crown.
Growth
Fast
ID Characteristic
It can easily be distinguished from most maples in Ontario because of its deeply set venation and its extremely long petiole (10cm or greater). The leaves are randomly splotched with a dark cream colour resembling paint splatters.
Pests
It suffers from aphid infestations and the associated sooty mold.
Habitat
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Orangish inner bark, covered with irregular exfoliating scales that are light grey in colour.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Terminal buds are prominent remaining green throughout the winter. Similar in size and form to A. plantanoides.
Leaf Description
Deeply veined, opposite, 3-5 lobed, dark green above and light grey green below. Deeply veined with an extremely long petiole.
Flower Description
Yellowish green flowers on upright panicles to 15 cm.
Fruit Description
Samara, ripen in early autumn and are about 5 cm long.
Colour Description
Dark green in the summer, silver undersides to the leaves and turning a dull mucky brown in the autumn. The dark green upper colour is overridden with a dark cream colour which resembles paint splatters.
Texture Description
Rough textured leaves because of the deep venation however they are smooth on the upper surface.
Notable Specimens
Old Specimen area, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Propagation
Must be budded onto A. pseudoplatanus rootstock.
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