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Plant Profile: Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

Wikepedia, B. Marlin

Wikepedia, B. Marlin

This maple is a very special tree that gives year round interest to the garden. Its dark green leaves turn orange to red relatively late in autumn to reveal the spectacular cinnamon colored exfoliating bark for winter enjoyment. Slow growing, paperbark maple is a stately tree for a small garden and can be used as a specimen tree or part of an understory in a woodland garden with equal success.

Type: Deciduous tree.

Outstanding Feature: Orange-cinnamon exfoliating bark; orange and red autumn foliage.

Form: Oval to rounded.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Bloom: Inconspicuous yellow flowers in spring.

Size: 25-30’H x 15-25’W.

Light: Sun to partial shade.

Soil: Average, moist, well drained but does well in clay soil; not drought tolerant.

Hardiness: Zones 4-8.

Care: Low maintenance.

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to aphids, scale and caterpillars; mites can cause leaf spot gall; fungal leaf spots and root rots are common. None of these problems are usually serious.

Propagation: Seeds or graft cuttings in late winter.

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