Acer griseum, known as the Paperbark Maple, is a stunning small tree which is the perfect addition for patient gardeners and those who wish to wow their neighbours with their interesting tree planting selections. This pretty tree was introduced by the infamous plant hunter Ernest “Chinese” Wilson in 1901, he is renowned for sourcing intriguing specimens from China and successfully bringing them back to grace the shores of the UK.
As the name suggests, the Paperbark Maple has magnificent bark colour, which peels on a yearly basis to display cinnamon coloured under-bark. Thankfully even as a young tree, this specimen does not disappoint, producing the bark displays from an early age. The leaves are dark green, small and trifoliate, producing some good hints of red in the autumn time.
A small to medium sized tree at maturity, this specimen does best in sun or partial shade and prefers a sheltered aspect. It is not unusual for the growing tips to become a little frosted after the winter and this should not be a factor to cause concern, simply prune out as required.
This tree is fairly slow growing and performs best in moist, well drained soils but it does not tolerate drought and autumn colour can become limited by nutrient rich, wet soils.
Acer griseum is a great choice for arboretums and collections, and whilst not to be overlooked for planting in gardens, it is best enjoyed by the patient amongst us who are happy to watch it slowly flourish in the years to come.
Mature height: 3-7m