COMMON NAME: Paperbark Maple
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer griseum
PRONUNCIATION: A-sir GRIS-ee-um
TYPE: Deciduous – Sun
HEIGHT: 20-30 feet
SPREAD: 15-20 feet
SPACING: 20-30 feet
HABIT: Distinctive small tree with beautiful foliage and bark. Leaves are opposite and compound with three distinct coarse-edged leaflets that are dark green above the pale greenish white beneath. Fall color is a nice-red-orange to red. Petioles are hairy and the buds in the spring look like pussy willow. Bark is cinnamon brown and exfoliating. Leaf emergence is usually late in the spring.
CULTURE: Slow growing but easy to maintain. Likes moist but well-drained soil. Is also fairly drought tolerant.
WATER REQUIREMENTS: Medium
USES: Small to medium ornamental tree that makes a terrific specimen. This excellent tree is perfect for a courtyard and other small areas.
NOTES: Foliage is beautiful spring through fall and the river birch-like bark is an additional treat.
NATIVE RANGE: Central China