A deciduous tree, native in woodland, scrub and old hedgerows on a wide range of moist, usually base-rich, soils. It is also widespread as a planted tree in amenity areas, on farmland, along roads and in hedgerows and coppice. It fruits erratically, sometimes producing only male flowers following a year of prolific fruiting. 0-380 m (Llanthony, Brecon).
Since the 1962 Atlas there have been many more records of A. campestre from S.W. England and S. Wales. It has also been very extensively planted both within and beyond its native range, and these introductions tend to blur the boundary of its native range.
European Temperate element.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Biological Flora of the British Isles. No. 13. Acer L. genus (pp. 215-219), Acer pseudo-platanus L. (pp. 220-237), Acer platanoides L. (p. 238), Acer campestre L. (pp. 239-252),
, Journal of Ecology, Volume 32, p.215-252, (1945)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 2. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1978)
Ancient woodland: its history, vegetation and uses in England,
, London, (1980)