Acer griseum, also known as the Paperbark maple, is a tree species native to China. It belongs to the Sapindaceae tree family (maples).
It is noted for its fall colours and peeling copper-toned bark. Plants grow well in USDA zones 4 to 8.
This deciduous tree is relatively small in stature. Most Paperbark maples only reach 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 m) tall when fully mature.
Because of its small height and width, this tree makes an excellent addition to any modest-sized backyard.
Acer griseum - Paperbark Maple photograph by Wendy Cutler, CC.
Garden enthusiasts love it for its four-season foliage. Spring and summer reveal dark green leaves complemented by a pop of yellow from tiny blooming flowers.
In the fall, the foliage changes to a reddish-orange hue.
Winter causes the leaves to shed from their branches, but the exfoliating curls of the cinnamon coloured bark makes a statement against a snowy background.
Popular locations for planting the Paperbark maple include being near a deck, patio, or kitchen window. This is because these allow viewers to appreciate their seasonal beauty.
Acer griseum photograph by F. D. Richards, CC.
The Paperbark maple is a low maintenance plant easily grown in moist, well-drained soils.
Acer griseum can also tolerate clay soils and soils and a variety of pH levels.
This deciduous tree is capable of growing in direct sun or part shade.
During the first three growing seasons, it is important that the roots stay hydrated.
Early spring is the best time to feed the tree with a granular fertilizer.
Apart from the initial planting phase and the periodically removing of any diseased or damaged wood, the Paperbark maple needs little pruning.
If pruning is required, the best time of year to trim back the tree is in the late autumn / fall or early winter when the tree enters its dormant period.