Acer griseum

Paperbark Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune to preference of a multi-stem or single trunk which is best done in winter or in midsummer after sap stops running. This tree does not like prolonged periods of drought and best to water regularly.

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This is one of the most stunning maples and perfect for any size landscape. Though it is very slow-growing and late to leaf out in the spring, it is definitely worth the wait.

  • Attractive bronze-red color in fall
  • Oval to rounded habit with upright branching
  • Exfoliating bark reveals cinnamon older wood

Keep this tree close in order to enjoy the year round attributes. Best suited for eastern and central Kansas.

Height: 20-30 ft
Spread: 15-25 ft
Zone: 4-8
Color: Green

Interesting Notes about Paperbark Maple:

A maple native to China and gaining in popularity in the U.S., this tree is not commonly available and considered a real find due to its many ornamental attributes.  It is very hardy, but the seed is sterile so propagation is done by cuttings which is also challenging. The open, rounded form of this tree and the fact that it is not excessively large allows for its use as a shade tree in smaller landscapes. This tree prefers a location as an understory in partial sun situations and prefers moist, well-drained soils.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Spring Bloomer
  • Fall Color
  • Great Foliage
  • Disease Resistant
  • Cold Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Focal Point
  • Winter Interest
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green


  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist, Well-Drained