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Paperbark maple

Acer griseum

AY-sir GRIS-ee-um

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 CharacteristicsOne 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.

CareBest in moist, well-drained soil in sun to part shade.

PropagationSow fresh seeds in a container, or graft cuttings in late winter.

ProblemsAphids, scale and caterpillars. Mites can cause leaf spot gall. Fungal leaf spots and root rots are common.

  • Genus : Acer
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Interesting Bark, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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