Plant of the Week

Acer davidii :

Discovered by French adventurer and botanist Armand David in the 19th century, the beautiful Acer davidii is a maple tree native to China, now well established in the Wild Garden at Gravetye.

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The snake-like bark is striped with yellow, white and green, creating interesting texture in the Wild Garden. This deciduous maple can grow up to 10 meters and likes a moist but well-drained soil.

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Armand David was a great explorer and discovered many trees such as the Acer davidii, Davidia, and the famous handkerchief tree Davidia involucrata at the peril of his life! He would have given the Davidia to William Robinson as a gift, who planted it where it stands today.

Words and photographs by Martin

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