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paperbark maple

Acer Griseum – Paperbark Maple

Paperbark maple

Acer griseum, commonly known as the Paperbark Maple, is a deciduous tree native to central China. It is highly regarded for its distinctive features and suitability in gardens.

They thrive in well-drained soil and prefers full sun to partial shade. It is commonly found in the mountainous regions of China, particularly in the provinces of Hubei, Shaanxi, and Sichuan. This tree adapts well to urban environments.

The most striking feature of this maple is its exfoliating cinnamon-brown bark. As the tree matures, the bark peels away in thin, papery layers, revealing a smooth, reddish-brown layer underneath. Its trifoliate leaves are dark green during the growing season, turning brilliant shades of orange, red, and burgundy in the fall. The small, inconspicuous flowers appear in spring, followed by winged samaras (helicopter-like seeds).

When planning your garden, consider pairing them with other plants that complement its beauty; Heuchera (Coral Bells), the colorful foliage of Heuchera varieties adds interest and texture.

Paperbark Maple is an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a low-maintenance, visually appealing tree with year-round interest.

Height: Typically grows to 20-30 feet.

Width: 15-25 feet.

Light Exposure: Prefers full sun to partial shade.

Fruit/Flower Type: Insignificant flowers followed by winged samaras.

Fall Color: Stunning shades of orange, red, and burgundy.

Watering Requirements: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring.

Pruning: Minimal pruning required; remove dead or crossing branches as needed.

Image: David J. Stang licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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