Acer griseum d.w. (Paper Bark Maple) is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree that is highly regarded for its unique and attractive bark. It is native to central China and is widely cultivated for its ornamental value. It is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree valued for its peeling cinnamon-brown to reddish-brown bark and vibrant fall foliage
The Paperbark Maple typically reaches a height of 6 to 9 meters (20 to 30 feet) with a spread of 4.5 to 7.5 meters (15 to 25 feet) at maturity. It has a slow to moderate growth rate and develops a rounded or oval-shaped crown. The tree's most notable feature is its exfoliating bark, which peels away in thin, papery sheets, revealing a cinnamon-brown to reddish-brown inner bark. The peeling bark creates a striking visual effect and adds year-round interest to the tree.
The foliage of the Paperbark Maple consists of compound leaves with three leaflets. The leaflets are dark green in spring and summer, turning vibrant shades of orange, red, and bronze in the fall, contributing to the tree's autumn display. The leaves are palmate in shape, meaning they resemble the fingers of a hand spreading out from a central point.
In spring, the Paperbark Maple produces small clusters of inconspicuous yellow-green flowers. These flowers give way to small, winged samaras that ripen and disperse their seeds in late summer or early fall.
The Paperbark Maple thrives in moist, well-drained soil and prefers partial shade to full sun. It is relatively tolerant of different soil types and can adapt to both acidic and alkaline conditions. It is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8.
The Paperbark Maple is highly prized for its ornamental value and is often used as a specimen tree in gardens, parks, and landscapes. Its unique bark and vibrant fall color make it a standout feature in any setting. The tree also attracts wildlife, including birds, which may be drawn to its seeds and use its branches for nesting. It is a popular choice for adding visual interest and beauty to gardens and landscapes.
Botanical Name : Acer griseum d.w.
Common Name : Paper Bark Maple
Height : 20- 30 ft
Spread : 15- 25 ft
Germination Info : Hot water treat the seed then 60-90 days warm stratification followed by 90-120 days cold stratification.
Hardiness zone : 5-8
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 113