Paperbark Maple - Low Branch Tree

Growth Facts

Paperbark Maple - Low Branch

Acer griseum

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Paperbark Maple is an exquisite specimen tree that you’ll want to showcase in the most prominent place possible in your landscape. This celebrated ornamental tree’s claim to fame is its honey-brown to cinnamon-colored bark, which peels like Birch bark and glows like amber when backlit by the sun. Plant it near a path or patio, so your guests can reach out and touch it when they want to (and they’ll want to!). Consider this splurge-worthy beauty an investment in your home, because everybody who sees Paperbark Maple falls in love with it, and as the years go by your tree will only get more and more impressive. A truly wonderful specimen.

Growth Facts

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The Story

Two of the oldest Paper bark Maple trees in North America, reside at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Ernest Henry Wilson, through the support of the Arboretum, collect the seedlings on an expedition to China in 1907. The historic 100 year old maples are located near Bradley Garden and Bussey Hill within the Arboretum. The tree on Bussey Hill is oddly shaped due to the loss of its leader some time ago and considerably smaller but continues to produces perfect flowers and viable seeds. This tree is believed to be the source of the first generation of Paper bark Maples planted in North America.

The Details

Native to western and central China, this small tree lends interest to your garden any time of year. Dark to bluish-green foliage in summer transforms to bronze and red tones in fall. Cinnamon colored bark peels and curls from the trunk - giving you awesome interest during winter months. This tree stays relatively small making it perfect for small landscapes or a specimen tree. A Gold Medal Plant Award Winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Cary Award Winner from the Worcester County Horticultural Society for its outstanding performance, hardiness, and eye-appeal.

How to Grow

The exfoliating bark on the Paperbark Maple provides you with excellent winter interest, probably better interest than this tree gives you throughout the rest of the year! A planting location in full sun would be best along with well-drained soil, meaning not too wet – soggy paper can be such a mess! Paperbark Maples are one of those trees that don’t have any major insect problems…maybe it’s “bark” is worse than it’s “bite”…ha-ha…okay maybe that wasn’t funny. Anyway, Paperbark Maples are naturally slow growing so adding fertilizer won’t really make it grow faster, but it will help your Paperbark produce healthy growth for the following spring. Applying a medium rate fertilizer just once a year in the fall will supply your tree with the essential nutrients it needs. Since Paperbark Maples are slow growing trees, pruning is rarely needed.

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

5-6' Tall. Grown in our #15 tree container. This cool paperbark maple will bring enjoyment to your life right away.

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Paperbark Maple - Low Branch Tree