Slow-growing deciduous tree noted for its exfoliating bark and orange/red fall color. Ours has been with us for going on ten years and is still small (no more than 5 ft tall). When casually inspected, the young tree looks deceptively like poison ivy, with its irregular leaf shape and red coloration to new leaves. However, the acer leaves are arranged opposite, vs. the alternate arrangement of poison ivy.
|Acer nikoense var. griseum
|moist, well-drained soil
Our tree lives for several years in our nursery area, and then made its way into the garden proper, replacing the silver maple that I removed from the side of our big pond's bog filter the previous year. A small tree is OK there, the silver maple was getting huge!
|furry new foliage
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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- Seed from '02 trade or exchange. Pot outside 12/3/02; one seedling by May of '04
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