- Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 20 - 30 Feet
- Mature Spread 20 - 30 Feet
- Growing Zones 4 - 6
The Paperbark Maple, Blood-Bark Maple, or Acer Griseum, is a small landscaping tree with pleasant, trifoliate leaves that transform to a show-stopping red in the fall. These unexpected, reliable trees mature at 20-30 feet tall and get their name from their exfoliating bark, which sloughs off in the winter to reveal a deep, cinnamon shade. An under-utilized landscaping option, The Paperbark Maple provides variety and interest during every time of year. It has a rounded crown and sturdy, upright branching system.
The Paperbark Maple is a Native to central China and makes an excellent addition to smaller-scale landscaping. It is a relatively slow-growing tree that is popular amongst bonsai enthusiasts. Once established, it is low-maintenance and drought tolerant. It is typically pest and disease resistant. Don’t be surprised if your Paperbark Maple does not shed its bark right away. This only happens to mature trees and can take up to seven years.
Paperbark Maple Tree Care
You should plant your Paperbark Maple in the fall, if possible, or any time the ground isn’t frozen. They can be planted in areas of full sun or partial shade. It can thrive in a variety of well-drained soil types, but does well in clay where other types of trees may fail. Neutral to slightly acidic soil is ideal. Your Paperbark Maple uses average water, and you should water it regularly until it’s established. After 2 or 3 years, weekly watering is sufficient. Before new growth emerges in the spring, use an all purpose granular fertilizer to keep your Maple strong and healthy.
After planting your Paperbark Maple, you will need to decide if you want the tree to have a single trunk or multiple stems. For a single trunk, choose a healthy leader, and trim away all others. After this, pruning is minimal unless it is to remove damaged or diseased limbs. You can prune your maple for shaping, but it is recommended you trim during dormancy in the late fall. Pruning too early will cause your maple to bleed sap.
Paperbark Maple Tree Spacing
Paperbark Maples are great options for small yards, where it works as a focal point near patios or decks. They are great as low-level trees and can be planted under taller trees, but should be spaced at least 25 feet apart. They are perfect for hobby gardeners and anyone willing to give it the patience and care required to help it shine.
Paperbark Maple Tree Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 6|
|Plant Type: Trees|
|Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 20 - 30 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 22 - 25 Feet|
|Spacing: 22 - 25 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): None|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Fall Interest|
|Attracts: Birds, Butterflies|
|Uses: Specimen or Focal Point, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Foliage Interest|
|Common Name: Paperbark Maple|
|Scientific Name: ACER GRISEUM|
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