Paperbark Maple (Acer Griseum)

  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-30 ft (6-9 m), upright, oval, very attractive copper-red bark, exfoliates, paper-like. Leaves opposite, compound (trifoliate i.e., 3 leaflets), 7-13 cm long, middle leaflet short stalked and coarsely toothed, lateral leaflets nearly without a stalk and not as toothed, blue-green above, pale green to whitish below; petiole pubescent. Fall color may range from green, red-brown, to a striking red. Flowers yellowish white, small, fragrant, in small clusters (panicles), appear as leaves expand. Fruit (samara) 2.5-4 cm long, wings diverge at a 60-90o angle.
  • Sun to part shade. Adaptable to varied soils, prefers well-drained and moist soils, but performs well in clay soils; pH adaptable. Can even be used in bonsai.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4. Native to Central China.
  • Griseum: gray, referring to the underside of leaves.

Information obtained from: OSU