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Paper Bark Maple

Tree Spotlight: Acer Griseum (Paper Bark Maple)


With copper-brown bark peels into thin, shimmering strips, the Acer Griseum (Paper Bark Maple) is stunning in the winter, especially if contrasted with a snowy or solid green background on sunny days. It’s branch structure is also interesting with branches usually starting a few feet above the ground, creating an upright multi-branched effect. But the show doesn’t stop there. Dark green leaves in the summer turn to shades of orange, brick red or buttery gold in the Fall.

The Paper Bark Maple is a slow grower maturing to about 20 feet tall by 15 feet wide. It can be planted in full sun to partial shade and is adaptable to a wide range of soils, pHs, heat and drought. Shine a spotlight on this standout tree to show off its bark and branch formation. It makes an excellent focal point tree in any garden.

Author: Cindy Giroud

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