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Paperbark Maple

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Acer griseum, commonly known as Paperbark Maple, is a small but highly ornamental tree that is prized for its beautiful exfoliating bark, which peels away in cinnamon-red, pink, and tan hues. In addition to its striking bark, this tree also offers excellent fall color. Its unique bark and foliage make it an exceptional accent tree for any winter landscape.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Acer
Species:
griseum
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
orange
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
high
Pruning:
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Branching:
multi-stemmed

Ornamental Features

Paperbark Maple has dark green deciduous foliage on a tree with an oval habit of growth. The compound leaves turn outstanding shades of orange and antique red in the fall. The peeling antique red bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Paperbark Maple is a multi-stemmed deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Paperbark Maple will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. 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 prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

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