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Paperbark Maple is an excellent tree for special locations. Its bark is exfoliating after second year, cinnamon or reddish-brown in its youth, becoming rich brown with age.

Tree of the Month: Paperbark Maple

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


Trade Name: Paperbark Maple


Botanical Name: Acer griseum


Parentage: Species introduced into the U.S.


Family: Aceraceae


Introduction: 1901


Hardiness Zone*: 4 – 8


Height: 20 to 30 feet


Spread: 10 to 15 feet


Growth Rate: Slow, 5 feet in 10 years


Form: Upright oval, variable


Bloom Period: May


Flower: Greenish pendulous


Fruit: Samara, greenish ripening to light brown


Spring Color: Mid green


Summer Foliage: Glossy, 3 leaflets, bluish green in summer


Autumn Foliage: Bronze, reddish


Winter Interest: Bark provides winter interest especially with light snow on the bark


 

Photos provided by Len PhillipsBark: Exfoliating after second year, cinnamon or reddish brown in youth, rich brown with age, trees vary in amount of exfoliation.


Habitat: Grows well throughout most of the U.S.


Culture: Prefers moist, well drained soil, grows in most soils, full sun


Pest Problems: None serious


Storm Resistance: Good


Salt Tolerance: Moderate


Planting: Transplant B&B or by container


Propagating: Seeds


Design Uses: Specimen for lawn, park, and residential


Companions: Use with evergreen groundcovers


Other Comments: Excellent tree for special locations, expensive due to slow growth


Available From: Most retail nurseries.  Exfoliation will vary so personal selection is necessary


 


*For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit: www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England – Zone 6. Len Phillips can be reached via e-mail at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com

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