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Acer griseum

(Maple, Paperbark)

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$600.00
Hardiness Zones:
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Quick Overview:

Acer griseum, commonly called paperbark maple, is a small, deciduous, oval to oval-rounded tree with slender upright branching. It is particularly noted for its exfoliating copper orange to cinnamon reddish/brown bark and its showy orange to red fall color. It typically matures to 20-30 (40)’ tall. It is native to mixed forests in central China. Bark on the trunk and limbs is extremely ornamental because it peels into large curls which remain on the tree rather that falling to the ground, often in attractive contrast to the tan to rose-brown inner bark. Each trifoliate leaf (3-5” long) features three coarsely toothed leaflets, with the middle leaflet being short-stalked. Leaves are green above, but frosty blue-green to gray-green with fine hairs beneath. Fall color varies, typically ranging from showy shades of orange and red to less spectacular shades of reddish-green to bronze green. Ornamentally insignificant yellowish flowers bloom in April-early May in clusters (drooping cymes to 1” long) on pendulous downy stalks. Flowers give way to winged samaras (to 1 1/4” long) with unusually large seeds.

Details

Easily grown in average, slightly acidic, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Intolerant of drought. Propagation is difficult (approximately 95% of seed produced is not viable). Woody cuttings are difficult to root, but juvenile cuttings are easier to root.

Additional Information

Common Name Maple, Paperbark
Botanical Name Acer griseum
Container/Amount 8-10' BB
Plant Category Tree
Evergreen or Deciduous Deciduous
Hardiness Zone 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Height 30 ft.
Width 25 ft.
Growth Rate Slow
Light Requirements Sun, Part-sun, Part-shade
Soil Condition Well-drained
Water Needs Average
Blooming Period No
Flower Color No
Fragrance No
Foliage Color Green
Berry Color No
Deer Resistant Yes

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