A CLOSER LOOK

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Af­ter its au­tumn leaves have fallen, the Acer da­vidii ‘Viper’ tree shows off its stri­ated bark. Brown­ish-green fur­rows break up the pale, sil­very colour, mak­ing an eye-catch­ing fea­ture in the gar­den. On younger trees, the bark is a paler green, be­com­ing darker and duller as it ages while re­tain­ing its dis­tinc­tive pat­tern­ing. Acer da­vidii is a mem­ber of the snake-bark maple group of trees, clearly named for its re­sem­blance to snake­skin. The tree brings in­ter­est to the gar­den through­out the colder sea­sons, with leaves turn­ing from bright green to vivid orange and red in the au­tumn be­fore they fall and the striped bark takes the star­ring role. This tree reaches a height of ap­prox­i­mately 23ft (7m) in 20 years, with a spread of 10-15ft (3-4.5m).

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