Acer griseumItem #0044 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8
A handsome tree with an oval to rounded crown and open habit and upright branching. Soft green leaves turn scarlet in fall. Becomes distinctive and elegant with age, as its papery sheets of bark peel to reveal cinnamon-brown new bark. An excellent small landscape specimen or woodland understory accent. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:Ay-ser GRIS-ee-umPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousSunset climate zones:2 - 9, 14 - 21, 31 - 41Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.Flower color:GreenDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Partial shade to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.