Botanical Name: Acer griseum
Common Name: Paperbark Maple  
Plant photo of: Acer griseum
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Grey Green, Light Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam, Rocky


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Multi-trunk Tree, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter


Special Uses

Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Engstrom, Connon
  • Description

  • Notes

This maple is known for its cinnamon colored, exfoliating bark and delicate, open habit. A lovely specimen tree with brilliant to rusty-red fall color. Usually multi-stemmed or low-branched single-stem. Slow growing to 25 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. Ideally suited for a smaller garden or for grouping.
Grow in full sun to bright shade in any well-drained soil. Excessive moisture may cause crown rot or the bark to split. Prune selectively to shape and control size (see guides); shearing will cause lots of twiggy growth at the tips and eventually lead to a hard, dense branching (imagine a box with leaves) which in turn encourages pest and disease problems.