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Acer monspessulanum
Montepelier maple

Montpellier maple (Acer monspessulanum) is a small, slow-growing deciduous tree, often with multiple stems. It is native to the Mediterranean region, from Portugal in the west to Syria in the east.

The tree’s hard and heavy wood has several mechanical properties and was previously used locally for various smaller constructions and as firewood. Commercially, the tree is now mainly used for ornamental purposes, valued for its yellow, autumn leaves and late leaf fall.

Montpelier maple is a healthy and hardy tree and is tolerant to drought. It is mostly found on southern slopes from 600-1000 m, where it grows on limestone and humus-carbonate soils.

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