43 Paperbark Maple

Portrait of a young Paperbark Maple with peeling, reddish brown trunk.Facts About Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

Native to: Central China
Crown: Narrow to rounded
Height: 25 - 35 feet
Width: 15 - 25 feet
Growth Rate: Slow

Characteristics: The inconspicuous red flowers of the Paperbark develop into showy, winged seeds. The green leaves are silverish below and turn brilliant red in the fall. It has a purplish-brown bark that peels to reveal a cinnamon-orange colored bark beneath.

Negative Features: Low branching requires regular pruning to develop tree form and maintain an 8'-10' high canopy suitable for street tree use.

Uses: Good for underneath wires and tight situations where there is little room on arterial, collector, and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.

Comments: Paperbark is a good, small tree that is seldom planted. It has outstanding fall color. The peeling bark and the color of the trunk give this tree a special appeal.

Section of Paperbark Maple trunk with peeling red-orange park.
Engraved stone sign for Paperbark Maple, Acer griseum.
Mostly green late summer foliage and seedlings of the Paperbark Maple.
Graphic of planter dimension for 4 ft.
Graphic of a golden, smiling sun.
Graphic displaying whether tree height will work with existing utility lines.