This maple is showing its attractive striated bark in the Autumn Garden.
One of several snakebark maples, the green-tinted bark of ‘Silver Vein’ is punctuated with distinctive silver-grey streaks which run lengthwise along the trunk and stems. This is a selection of a hybrid of A. davidii ‘George Forrest’ and A. pennsylvanicum ‘Erythrocladum’ raised at Hilliers Nursery in 1961. The large lobed leaves are held on contrasting red petiole and take on a rich butter colour in autumn. Reaching 8m in height ‘Silver Vein’ is a valuable specimen tree for autumn, but it arguably provides greatest interest in winter when the bark can be best appreciated.