• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Attractive Peeling Bark
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:Ay-ser GRIS-ee-um
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 21, 31 - 41
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
    Flower color:Green
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Rustic
    Design IdeasSuch a beautiful bark belongs close in to the house in foundation beds or nodes in the planting. Ideal for shading outdoor living spaces or as a front yard accent. Adds interest to wild settings and integrates into wetland conditions in transitions between cultivated garden and open space. Ideal for water garden setting for winter interest. Excellent bonsai subject.
    Companion PlantsSedge (Carex); Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon); Hosta (Hosta); Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra); Periwinkle (Vinca)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil; does not tolerate drought. Mulch to conserve soil moisture. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is the signature genus of the Maple Family, Aceraceae. Linnaeus named it from the Old World Latin name for the trees. There are about 200 species of trees and shrubs from northern temperate regions around the world. This species is native to China and was first introduced via seed sent by Jesuit Missionaries. This was classified by Adrien Franchet and the Jardin des Plantes, Paris in the 19th century. It was later reintroduced by Wilson who collected seed in China for the Arnold Arboretum.
    Lore:
    The paperbark maple, like other members of the Acer genus, produces a fruiting structure called a samara, and they dangle from the branches, resembling papery wings. Most of the seed produced by the paperbark maple is sterile and will not produce unwanted seedlings, unlike that of many other maples.

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