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Acer griseum

Acer griseum

Paperbark maple

Description

Acer griseum (paperbark maple) naturally occurs in the mountains of inland China and was brought to Veitch Nurseries in England by the botanist E.H. Wilson in 1901. There, the tree was further cultivated and introduced in Europe. The paperbark maple is a slow grower, and reaches heights up to 9 metres with a round, half-open crown.

In April, Acer griseum blooms hanging, daffodil-coloured corymbs. These are discrete, but with their high nectar value, bees and butterflies are always able to find them. The hairy, toothed, compound leaf buds orange and turns a matt green with a blue-green underside in the summer. The autumn colour is spectacular, with warm orange and scarlet hues. The tree gets the name paperbark maple from its red-brown, beautiful peeling bark, which particularly stands out in the winter.

Acer griseum is great for use in parks, central reservations and containers. But it also thrives in large and small (roof) gardens and in cemeteries. Plant the tree in a sheltered area in the sun or partial shade. The paperbark maple thrives in nutrient-rich, permeable sandy soil with an acidic to neutral pH value. The tree cannot handle lime very well. With its slow growth, pruning is not necessary. Dead branches can be removed.

Types of planting

Tree types

standard trees half-stem trees feathered trees multi-stemmed trees characteristic trees solitary shrubs

Topiary on stem

fval multi-stem umbrella

Use

Location

park central reservation large garden small garden patio cemetery

Pavement

none none

Planting concepts

eco planting prairie planting

Characteristics

Crown shape

rounded rounded

Crown structure

semi-open semi-open

Height

6 - 9 m

Width

4 - 6 m

Winter hardiness zone

5B - 8B

Aspects

Wind

slightly tolerant to wind

Soil

loess sabulous clay light clay loamy soil

Nutrient level

moderately rich in nutrients rich in nutrients

Soil moisture level

dry moist

Light requirements

sun partial shade

pH range

acidic neutral

Host plant/forage plant

bees butterflies nectar value 5 pollen value 5

Extreme environments

tolerant to dryness

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Seasonal colours

Acer griseum seizoenskleur
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Flowers

Flowers

corymbose discrete pendulous

Flower colour

daffodil

Flowering period

April - May

Leaves

Leaf colour

buds orange matt green underside blue-green

Leaves

deciduous opposite hairy laciniate composite

Autumn colour

orange scarlet

Fruits

Fruit colour

red-brown

Fruits

rarely fruits winged

Bark

Bark colour

red-brown

Bark

peeling

Twigs

Twig colour

red-brown

Twigs

bare

Root system

Root system

shallow slightly branched

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