Acer truncatum

Shantung Maple

Acer truncatum - Shantung Maple

Tips for Homeowners:

 If necessary prune when sap stops running in the midsummer.

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An interesting tree because it likes to grow in the shade of other larger trees, and yet it does show a tolerance for growing as a street tree where it is exposed to high heat and drought situations.  Worth a try at any rate just to see the awesome fall color.

  • Fast growing, shade tree
  • Excellent fall foliage display
  • Good heat and drought tolerance when established

Shantung Maple is a small tree and ideal for planting in smaller landscapes.

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

Interesting Notes about Shantung Maple:

This maple is gaining attention for its ability to handle heat, drought and pollution plus its adaptability to grow in different soil types, as is the condition in Kansas.  The ornamental value seems almost constant from flower to fall color and is perfect for growing in the small landscape or as a street tree.  The tree does produce fruit which are referred to as samaras (or helicopters) that mature in fall.

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Naturalizing
  • Focal Point
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Specimen
  • Cold Tolerant

Foliage Color:

  • Red
  • Green
  • Purple
  • Yellow
  • Orange


  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water