Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) colouring up wonderfully in the garden – Autumn is on its way. A. saccharum was introduced into cultivation in 1735 and is the maple on the Canadian flag, it is the one most often tapped for maple syrup. It is often confused with the silver maple (Acer saccharinum) seen below growing as a street tree in the market square, Petersfield. Acer saccharinum (below) has a more elongated, deeply cut leaf , the undersides are silver, hence the name. The temperature difference in Petersfield is always slightly higher, with more enclosed buildings to trap the heat of the day in, this is particularly noticeable at this time of year. At Uppark, the site is more exposed and higher in altitude. The cooler temperatures affect the rate at which leaves colour up. If you look carefully, there is no discolouration of the leaves, this could be due to a slight difference in species, but also the location and environment.
A blank canvas, a beautifully prepared border.
Jo sets out the plants with help from Alan
Our restoration planting begins – Jo (left) Sam (middle) and Alan (right) read more about the project here
Well done team – great day and the new planting is taking shape beautifully! It’s amazing how something like this inspires and energises the team…now we’ve started, we want to crack on!
Another ‘Day in Pictures‘ from last year.