COMMON NAME: Shantung Maple
BOTANICAL NAME: Acer truncatum
PRONUNCIATION: A-sir trun-KA-tum
TYPE: Deciduous – Sun
HEIGHT: 30-60 feet
SPREAD: 20-40 feet
SPACING: 20-30 feet
HABIT: Attractive fast growing maple similar in appearance and characteristics to Caddo maple. Leaves are smooth and glossy and exude a milky sap when torn. Smooth bark, flowers not showy. Yellow-orange to orange fall color.
CULTURE: Tolerates most soils, wet and dry weather conditions, high winds and other environmental stresses. Does best in healthy well-drained soils.
USES: Fast growing shade tree with good fall color.
PROBLEMS: Haven’t found any so far, except for one. It is very sensitive to drift of 2,4-D and other toxic herbicides.
NOTES: A relatively new introduction, but this tree appears to be a real winner.