Acer buergerianum

Trident Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

Prune when sap stops running which is usually in midsummer.

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This Maple has 4 seasons of beauty with its brilliant fall color, exfoliating bark most visible in the winter, pretty spring flowers, and attractive form.

  • Fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange and red
  • Exfoliating bark
  • Ideal for small landscapes

Ideal for small yards or as a street tree. Best grown in eastern or southern Kansas.

Height: 20-30 ft
Spread: 20-30 ft
Zone: 5-9
Color: Green, Yellow

Interesting Notes about Trident Maple:

This tree is native in Asian and is growing in popularity here in the U.S. for its ornamental value in the landscape and for bonsai. The dense, 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. It tolerates some drought. The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Slow Growing
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Foliage
  • Disease Resistant
  • Fall Color
  • Specimen
  • Attractive fruit
  • Low Maintenance

Foliage Color:

  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Red


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water