Acer griseum
Common name: 
Paperbark Maple
Pronunciation: 
A-ser GRIS-e-um
Family: 
Aceraceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Broadleaf deciduous tree, 20-30 ft (6-9 m), upright, oval, very attractive copper-red bark, exfoliates, paper-like.  Leaves opposite, compound (trifoliate i.e., 3 leaflets), 7-13 cm long, middle leaflet short stalked and coarsely toothed, lateral leaflets nearly without a stalk and not as toothed, blue-green above, pale green to whitish below; petiole pubescent.  Fall color may range from green, red-brown, to a striking red.  Flowers greenish-yellow, small, in 2.5 cm long clusters, appear as leaves expand.  Fruit (samara) 2.5-3 cm long, wings diverge at a 60-90° angle, persisting into winter, nutlet often empty.
  • Sun to part shade.  Adaptable to varied soils, prefers well-drained and moist soils, but performs well in clay soils; pH adaptable.  Can even be used in bonsai.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4    Native to Central China.
  • griseum: gray, referring to the underside of leaves.
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: north of Cordley, next to Acer circinatum.
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  • in a courtyard landscape

    in a courtyard landscape

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    plant habit

  • plant habit, summer and fall

    plant habit, summer and fall

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    leaves

  • leaves

    leaves

  • fruit and leaves

    fruit and leaves

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    leaves, fall

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

  • trunk, bark

    trunk, bark

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    winter branch, buds

  • terminal buds and fruit, winter

    terminal buds and fruit, winter