Metro Gold Hedge Maple

Acer campestre 'Panacek'

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Metro Gold Hedge Maple (Acer campestre 'Panacek') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Metro Gold Hedge Maple

Metro Gold Hedge Maple

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Metro Gold Hedge Maple (Acer campestre 'Panacek') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Metro Gold Hedge Maple flowers

Metro Gold Hedge Maple flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Field Maple


A very adaptable small to medium tree that is well suited for public urban settings as well as a residential accent; slow growing and excellent as a shade tree in narrow areas; produces fewer seeds than typical, and has improved bright yellow fall color

Ornamental Features

Metro Gold Hedge Maple has dark green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Metro Gold Hedge Maple is a dense deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Metro Gold Hedge Maple is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Planting & Growing

Metro Gold Hedge Maple will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade  Screening  Windbreak 
Fall Color 
Ornamental Features