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Three Flowered Maple

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Acer triflorum, commonly known as Three Flowered Maple, is a fantastic choice for small landscaping trees. This tree is particularly noted for its unique bark and beautiful fall colors. The bark is interesting, with a peeling texture that reveals a range of colors. In the fall, the leaves of this tree display multiple hues on a single tree, adding a striking and vibrant touch of color to any landscape.


Average Landscape Height:
25 feet
Average Landscape Width:
20 feet
Growth Rate:
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
Maximum Moisture:
Plant Form:
upright spreading
prune in full leaf
Pollution Tolerance:

Ornamental Features

Three Flowered Maple has dark green deciduous foliage on a tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. The compound leaves turn outstanding shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. The peeling khaki (brownish-green) bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Three Flowered Maple is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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.

Planting & Growing

Three Flowered Maple will grow to be about 25 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 70 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. 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, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the foliage in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


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