A maple tree that you could grow for the bark alone, Acer griseum is commonly called the Paperbark Maple.
Grown as a small feature tree, growth rate is slow, a 10 year old specimen would be like to reach around 3 metres (9ft) in height. The slow growth rate makes it an ideal tree for smaller gardens.
Over time this is a tree that can reach 9 metres in height although this is rare in cultivation.
The bark naturally exfoliates or peels away in winter, it looks brilliant when wet in winter and it does reveal a coppery reddish shiny trunk beneath.
The foliage is a deep green, leaves turn a brilliant orange red in autumn/fall.
In its natural habitat this is an endangered species, in cultivation it is easy care. Many Maple species are suited to smaller gardens.
How to Grow Acer griseum
- Best grown in full sun with afternoon shade, although in warmer climates part shade is preferred.
- A humus rich well drained soil is essential and a good layer of much around the plant will help maintain a cool moist root run.
- Water well through the first 3 – 4 summers until the tree is well established.
- Fertilise with a slow release organic type fertiliser in early spring as soon aw new growth is evident.
- Pruning is generally not required except for the removal of dead or damaged wood.
Where to Plant Acer griseum
Best planted where the exfoliating bark can be appreciated, near a pathway or next to a deck or outdoor eating area.
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