Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group at Victoria Park

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group 0

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group
early June 2015

Grid reference ST 15539 76704
Common name Purple sycamore
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Status Glamorgan Champion 2013
Height 17M April 2015
Girth 272cm April 2015
Reference 183

This tree in on the Cowbridge Road border between the south east gate and the disused toilet building.

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group bark

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group bark
June 2015

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group foliage

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group foliage
early June 2015

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group seed

Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group seeds
mid July 2015

General tree description for Acer pseudoplatanus Purpureum Group

The Purple sycamore is a cultivar of the Sycamore, Acer pseudoplatanus. It is a medium to large tree with a spreading crown, usually growing 12 to 25 metres tall. It has pink tinged bark and its characteristic feature is the purple underside of its leaves, which create a colourful effect in a breeze. The leaves are green above and large - up to 18 x 26cm - with five lobes and coarsely uneven toothed margins. Inconspicuous yellow-green flowers appear on hanging stems in mid April after the first leaves. They are followed by v-shaped fruits, green tinged red and 3 to 5.5 cm long, in bunches.

General tree description for Acer pseudoplatanus

Acer pseudoplatanus is a very large tree, up to 40 metres tall in favourable conditions. It has a huge crown and can be broader than tall, with massive low branches. Its bark is pinkish grey and smooth at first, but in maturity becomes cracked with coarse scales. The leaves are dull dark green, five-lobed with many coarse round-tipped teeth. They are about 20cm long and wide, but vary in size and depth of lobing according to age and vigour. In spring there are yellow-green flowers, followed by paired seeds (keys) in bunches, green tinged red.