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Acer griseum

Paperbark maple

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Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does flower in May

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Acer griseum
  • Common name: Paperbark maple
  • Family: Sapindaceae
  • Plant Type: Tree, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Green

Acer griseum (paperbark maple) 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. It’s common name of paperbark maple is due to its habit of peeling bark, which looks like paper when it starts to come away from the tree. In autumn its dark green leaves develop fantastic shades of red and orange. These leaves then fall to reveal the papery bark, which forms a focal point throughout winter. It’s an incredibly ornamental tree and deserves a prominent spot where it’s year-round beauty can be fully appreciated. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Paperbark maple grows to a maximum of height of 10 metres so is idea for a small garden. It lives to an average of 100 years but is slow growing – you will likely never see its mature height.

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Grow Acer griseum in moist but well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost. There’s very little need to prune, but if you need to remove damaged or disease branches, prune Acer griseum from November to January, as this is when the plant is dormant – acers “bleed” sap if pruned too early.

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Advice on buying paperbark maple

  • Paperbark maple is slow growing so buy as large a specimen as you can afford
  • You may find paperbark maple at your local garden centre but you’ll find more choice online
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before buying

Where to buy paperbark maple

How to grow Acer griseum

  • Plant size

    10m height

    10m spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, south facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Acer griseum and wildlife

Acer griseum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Acer griseum poisonous?

Acer griseum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Acer griseum