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Paperbark Maple

Scientific name: Acer griseum

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:4 to 8
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:25 ft
Width:25 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April
Bloom Color:Red
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description With its upright, multi-stemmed habit, unusual leaves, and beautiful coppery red peeling bark Paperbark Maple can be a nice addition to any landscape as a specimen tree.

This is a slow growing deciduous tree which can attain a height of 20’-30’, and width of 15’-25’ at maturity. It forms an oval, vase shape habit. It naturally forms multiple trunks, which can be thinned out to a single trunk.

The papery cinnamon to reddish bark starts forming in year 2 or 3 on young trees and continues for the life of the tree.

Leaves are 3”-6" long, trifoliate, and arranged in an opposite fashion. During the summer they are green, with silver undersides. In the fall the leaves turn a very nice orange to striking red color. This species is one of the last of the maples to develop fall color. During the winter months the leaves hang on the branches until later in the year.

Widely adapted to most site and soil conditions. Can be grown in either full sun or partial shade.

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