Acer davidii*


I am researching this tree and I am wondering if you know how long it will live, e.g. its lifespan.

I am particularly wondering this for our zone, Toronto – 5b.



Acer davidii is commonly called Pere David’s maple or Snakebark maple.  It is a member of the Sapindaceae family and is native to China.  Below, I have listed some general information that you may find useful:

  • deciduous tree that at maturity can reach 30-50ft in height and 30ft width.
  • tolerates sun or light shade, but prefers part shade in hot summers.
  • can grow in clay, loam or sandy soils within a normal pH range – soil should be well draining.
  • blooms in early to mid spring.
  • pruning should be done in late summer or early fall.
  • common cultivars – ‘Ernest Wilson’, ‘Canton’, ‘George Forrest’, or ‘Serpentine’.
  • Somewhat tolerant of wet and drought weather conditions.
  • should be planted in a sheltered location away from direct cold winds.
  • hardy to US Zone 5 (-10 to -20 degrees F or -23 to -29 degrees C).  This seems to encompass Canada Hardiness Zone 5a & 5b
  • lifespan is generally over 30 years if the trees are planted in a suitable location & climate and they remain free from disease & pests.

I hope this is helpful.  Taking the above information into account, if you have the space for such a large tree and a sheltered spot with good drainage in your garden, then you could give it a try.