Trident Maple (Acer buergerianum)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 20 to 30 feet (6-9m)
Plant Spread: 20 to 30 feet (6-9m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Deciduous
Other: Best in full sun. Triangular, three-lobed leaves are glossy green above and pale green beneath. Variable but usually attractive fall color features shades of dark red and orange.
Fruit: Other: lots of tan samaras (a winged dry maple fruit)
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Non-showy, greenish-yellow flowers
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Other: April-May
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Shade Tree
Resistances: Salt tolerant

Over a 100 years old!

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Location: Jardin botanique de MontréalDate: 2014-07-06Over a 100 years old!
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
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Location: Chicago Botanic GardenDate: 2018-08-31
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-02-03trunk and bark
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Location: RHS Wisley, UK.Bonsai
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-02-03specimen at shopping center landscape
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2012-02-03samaras
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24mature trunk
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Location: RHS Wisley, UK.Bonsai
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24line of planted trees at shopping center exit
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24one mature tree in a line at a shopping center
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24three-lobed leaves and seed
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-05-24foliage and seed
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-02mature tree in landscape
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Location: Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-02summer foliage and seeds
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on May 29, 2019 6:41 PM

East Asia is rich in many small maple species and this is one from China. I've driven by a line of Trident Maples along the exit road to a large shopping center for at least a decade without realizing what they were. A few years ago, I knew they were some kind of east Asian maple as Three-flower Maple or Amur Maple, but they aren't. This is a lovely looking species that is uncommon in the US. It is slow growing of about 1 foot/year. Actually, in its native wild habitat in China, it can get to 100 feet high, though 20 to 30 feet is normal, maybe to 40 feet, in eastern North American landscapes. It prefers slightly acid soils but can tolerate some alkaline a little above pH 7.0.

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