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By Karinh

Charente Maritime, France Fr

I have a tree in my garden which looks a bit like an Acer but in the Autumn the leaves turn brown and fall off. Can anyone tell me what sort of tree it is please? I have attached a couple of photos which I hope will help.

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It's hard to see the bark and a single leaf's detail, but I'll take a stab at Acer pseudoplatanus, in other words, sycamore, one which has been stooled. Note that Acers as a group are deciduous trees.

5 Oct, 2012


This looks like an acer to me, also. There are many species of acer from the sycamore to the red leaved Japanese Acers in the garden. I am not even going to make a stab at id of it.

5 Oct, 2012


Thank you very much for your comments Bamboo and Bulbaholic. I have another question, as it is 'stooled' should I cut it back - if so when is the best time?

6 Oct, 2012


While its dormant, but before end of January is probably best - Acers tend to bleed badly once the sap rises in spring.

6 Oct, 2012

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