Acer pseudoplatanus Spaethii

Spaethii Sycamore

Estimated fully grown height 17-22m

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Acer pseudoplatanus Spaethii is a dark foliaged version of the Sycamore tree - Acer pseudoplatanus.

This Acer has foliage which is bright green on the upper surface and a deep purple-red on the lower surface. It provides a spectacular display from spring right through to autumn, looking particularly attractive in summer when the foliage of other ornamental trees begins to fade a little. To finish off the display of foliage, in autumn it turns to a further orangey red before falling. This unique cultivar is also sometimes referred to as Acer pseudoplatanus Atropurpureum.

Acer pseudoplatanus Spaethii has all of the wonderfully tough and vigorous qualities of its parent, Acer pseudoplatanus, with the added benefit that it has much to offer by way of ornamental qualities in its bright and vibrant foliage.

It thrives in most soil conditions and is particularly useful in very windy, exposed and coastal conditions as Sycamore is one of the very few trees that will tolerate salt-laden winds and this variety also displays this stellar quality. There are very few varieties of tree that offer the benefit of being tolerant to coastal conditions, so this tree is perfect for schemes in an exposed or coastal location with the added benefit that it can offer unique ornamental foliage. It is a welcome alternative to the handful of other trees which will tolerate salt.

A widely underrated medium to large sized, rounded headed, tree which needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. In the industry the Sycamore tree has acquired a slightly tarnished reputation for being a weed, largely owing to its significant vigour and penchant for self seeding, however it is foolish to discount this dramatic coloured cultivar, especially in schemes situated in exposed or coastal areas and species choice is limited. It is all about the ‘Right tree in the Right Place’ after all...

As a word of caution, recent research has identified the foliage and samara of Sycamore to be poisonous to horses and therefore they should not be planted in and around paddocks.

Mature height: 17-22m

Tree Specification

Tree Location
Coastal, Parkland,
Mature Height
Blossom Colour
Foliage Colour
Green, Red/Purple,
Looks good in
Fruit & Nut
Soil Type
Well drained, Will tolerate most soil types,
Autumn Colour
Good for waterlogged soil
Pleached Tree
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Delivery Guide

Barcham Trees are delivered using a local team of hauliers whom are well versed in transporting trees across the length and breadth of the UK. Our standard delivery is based upon sharing a delivery slot on one of our lorries and is calculated on a county by county basis.

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Free delivery is granted on the following order levels:
England, orders over £2,750
Wales, orders over £3,750
Scotland, orders over £4,750

Once you have completed your order online we will phone you to schedule in your delivery. On many occasions we are able to link in your order quickly but please allow up to 15 working days from the time of order to delivery as the worst case scenario.

Please note that all of our deliveries are made on Heavy Goods Vehicles, with our smallest available lorry generally being a 10 tonne vehicle. Deliveries are made to kerbside, or nearest reasonable access point and the lorry drivers are unable to move the trees once they are onsite.

For those of you ordering Instant trees, have special requirements or access limitations, please remember that throughout this process we are only a phone call away! Our experienced team of arborists are on hand to offer advice and can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am - 5:30pm on 01353 720 950.

For further details of our delivery service and conditions, please visit our Delivery Service Advice page.