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Acer griseum

Paper-bark maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer griseum

Plant details

A slow-growing, spreading tree suitable for gardens of all sizes. The dark green, three-palmate leaves colour splendidly in autumn turning the whole crown deep crimson or red. The old dark red or chestnut bark flakes and peels back to reveal the new, smooth, orange-red bark beneath. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Aceraceae

Genus: Acer

Species: griseum

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Autumn colour

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 1000cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Reader reviews


not sure what you mean by skill level - "experienced". Does this mean once the tree is planted it requires a lot of maintenance of some form or another? If so it would have been useful to know what.
What time of year is best to trim/prune or cut to required shape?.
Although described as hardy, does this refer to cold temperature tolerant, can survive in costal areas, or that winds won't burn off all its leaves prematurely? or hardy enough to survive all of the above and more.........?

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