Paperbark maple

Acer griseum

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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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