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Trident Maple Tree

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  • Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 35 Feet
  • Mature Spread 20 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5 - 9

Whether used as a shade tree, street tree, or bonsai tree, Trident Maple Tree will add stunning visual interest to landscapes and containers. Its unique trident-shaped leaves turn a magnificent scarlet, orange, and golden yellow during the fall. Also known as Acer buergerianum, this small-to-medium deciduous tree also features unique exfoliating bark, revealing chestnut brown bark beneath. Inconspicuous chartreuse flowers bloom during early spring.

Native to Asia, Trident Maple has a low-branching, multi-stemmed growth habit. It is drought tolerant, wind tolerant, and cold hardy in zones 5-9. Being highly adaptable, Trident Maple works well as a specimen in beds or large containers. It provides shade from spring to fall and adds focal interest to landscapes and patios. It is a good candidate for a Japanese bonsai or Chinese penjing tree. 

Trident Maple Tree Care

Plant this tree during spring or fall in full sun. The soil should be moist, but well drained, and slightly acidic. Add a 2-4-inch ring of mulch after planting. While a juvenile, Trident Maple requires deep waterings when the top layer of soil is dry. After reaching maturity, it needs watering only during drought. This ornamental requires little fertilizer. However, if a mature tree shows signs of stunted growth, apply a slow-release (10-4-6) fertilizer.

Prune during winter and mid-summer. Trim crossed branches to shape saplings and seedlings. Prune mature trees using the three-cut method to control size and remove low-hanging limbs. In colder climates, wrap young trees with burlap, and move containers indoors into a shed or garage with no heat. 

Trident Maple Tree Spacing

Trident Maple reaches 20 to 30 feet high and wide. Space each tree 20 to 30 feet apart. Choose a location that allows 30 feet for spreading. Ensure it is 15 feet away from a foundation, sidewalk, patio, or driveway, and 30 feet away from overhead power lines. Plant it in woodland gardens along with companion plants such as Japanese maple, arborvitae, camellia, gardenia, azalea, pansies, hellebore, and stone crop.

Trident Maple Tree Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 35 Feet
Mature Spread: 20 Feet
Spacing: 20 Feet
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description: Yellow Shades
Bloom Period: Spring
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Yellow
Foliage Description: Green to Yellow Shades in the Autumn
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: N/A
Tolerates: Drought, Salt
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Borders
Features: Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Common Name: Trident Maple Tree
Other Name(s): Streetwise, Three-toothed Maple
Scientific Name: Acer buergerianum

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Shipping

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Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

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We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations