Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20-30ft
Plant Spread: 15-25ft
Leaves: Good fall color
Other: Trifoliate leaves are dark green, but turn red in the fall. Tree is a slow grower (6 inches - 12 inches per year).
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green
Flower Time: Spring
Other: April
Uses: Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees

Autumn color

The beauty of Bark, Flowers, and LeavesThe beauty of Bark, Flowers, and Leaves
April 25, 2010

As spring unfolds its true majesty, we gasp at the beauty of spring flowers and rightly so. But there are also some wonderful delights to see in plants, in their bark or in the colour and texture of their leaves.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 2, 2012 10:33 AM

Honey bees get nectar and light yellow pollen from this plant.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Oct 19, 2018 4:27 PM

I first saw a young specimen of this species in Urbana on the campus of the University of Illinois in the 1970's while on an outing from my woody pIant class taught by the famous Dr Michael Dirr, which was his favorite tree in those days. I saw a few specimens of this species in the Chicago, Illinois area planted by plant enthusiasts and Morton Arboretum in the 1980's. My biggest customer has a really good, large specimen in her backyard in southeast Pennsylvania. Some of this tree native to central China is sold by some large, diverse nurseries, but it is an expensive woody plant to buy. It grows about 6 to 12 inches/year, and thus is slow growing, though a dear friend of mine has a maturing tree in her yard that is growing towards the faster rate. I've seen three saplings pop up in the backyard of my largest customer during last few years near the mother tree. Dr. Dirr complains that most of the seeds of this and other tri-foliate maples don't germinate and propagation can be difficult. This high quality ornamental tree is valued mostly for the beautiful, bronze, peeling bark. It gets a good orange or red fall color, but many years that color is not all at once and is relatively late in the season.

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