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Purple Sycamore Maple
Common name: Purple Sycamore Maple
Characteristics: Deciduous tree 20-30 m
Seeds per packets: 8
Erect straight stem covered in scaly bark with a spreading irregular shaped crown. Soft shrimp pink leaves 15cm long changing to golden yellow and maturing dark green.
Flowers are yellowish green in long many flowered clusters.
Indigenous to Europe.
Adaptable to most soils provided it is well-drained in an open sunny position. Frost resistant but drought tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Cold stratification is recommended.
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates.
This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.