Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
True to its common name the Paperbark Maple is a medium sized deciduous tree noted for its rich brown exfoliating bark. As the tree matures the exfoliating nature of its bark is more pronounced. The leaves of this rather small tree are atypical for maples, they are trifoliate (having three leaflets) arranged opposite along the stem. Dark green leaves in the summer turn yellow, orange or brick red in the fall.
Reaching heights of 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide this tree adds year-round interest to the landscape. Best suited for use as a specimen or in a small grouping. Ultimately this tree upright-oval to oval tree could reach 40 feet tall. Young trees have an upright branching pattern that widens with age. Plant the Paperbark Maple in full sun or part shade. It thrives in fertile, humus-rich, well drained soil however it will do well in clay soils. Adaptable to varying soil pH, hardy in zones 5-8.
With no serious pests or diseases this tree is well suited for planting in urban landscapes. It is becoming more available in production in the nursery trade. Paperbark maple is a tree that I would not hesitate to recommend as a great specimen planting.
Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) – Summer Leaves