Acer griseum

Paper-bark maple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree


Autumn colour



Skill level


Acer griseum

Plant details

Acer griseum is a slow-growing, spreading tree with dark red or chestnut bark, which flakes and peels back to reveal new, smooth, orange-red bark beneath. Its dark green, three-palmate leaves colour splendidly in autumn turning the whole crown deep crimson or red. It's perfect for growing as a small specimen tree in a mixed border or front garden, where its beaty can be fully sppreciated. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Grow Acer griseum in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

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

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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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