Acer griseum

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 11 Professionals
Common Name: paperbark maple
Type: Tree
Family: Sapindaceae
Native Range: Central China
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Shade Tree
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Good Fall
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Clay Soil


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This small, deciduous, oval to oval-rounded paperbark maple tree is noted for its peeling, cinnamon to reddish brown bark. Trifoliate leaves are dark green, but turn red in the fall. Seed is a two winged samara.


No serious disease or pest problems. Tree is a slow grower (6 inches - 12 inches per year). Prefers moist, well-drained soil, but does well in clay soils.

Garden Uses

Excellent small tree for small properties. Appropriate as an understory tree in a woodland garden or as a specimen in many locations around the home.