Paperbark maple Acer griseum Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) AY-sir GRIS-ee-um Genus: Acer This slow-growing understory tree has highly ornamental, peeling orange-cinnamon bark. Its dark green, three-lobed leaves turn a brilliant orange-red in autumn. Noteworthy Characteristics: One of the best small ornamental trees, paperbark maple has small yellow flowers in spring, great fall foliage color, picturesque peeling park, and a stately habit. Care: Best in moist, well-drained soil in sun to part shade. Propagation: Sow fresh seeds in a container, or graft cuttings in late winter. Problems: Aphids, scale and caterpillars. Mites can cause leaf spot gall. Fungal leaf spots and root rots are common. Overview Height 15 ft. to 30 ft. Spread 15 ft. to 30 ft. Growth Pace Slow Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Characteristics Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage Bloom Time Early Spring, Spring Flower Color Yellow Uses Specimen Plant/Focal Point Style Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Trees Acer griseumView the discussion thread.