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Acer griseum

Acer griseum
paperbark maple
Acer griseum

Synonym(s) Acer nikoense var. griseum
Common name paperbark maple
Family sapindaceae
Life cycle tree (Z4-8)
Size 20-30'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist, well-drained soil

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.
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!

paperbark maple
Acer griseum
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-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '02 trade or exchange. Pot outside 12/3/02; one seedling by May of '04

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