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Acer griseum

Object Details

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On Display
Ripley Gardens
Accession Number
2011-0413A
Description
Brought from China to England in 1899 by E. H. Wilson, the most striking characteristic of this tree is its bark. The cinnamon colored bark of Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) peels off in large curls which remain on the tree, and provide good winter interest, but may stain slightly when touched. The Paperbark Maple’s trifoliate leaves are also notable for their fall color. While typically dark green with 3-5 large teeth per a side and slightly greyish below (where the tree gains the griseum half of its name from), this tree’s fall foliage can range from bright oranges and reds to more muted bronze and green tones. It has yellow, pendulous flowers in the spring which turn into winged samsaras with large seeds. Paperbark Maples can grow to 30 feet tall.
Hardiness
-30 - 20 F
Bloom Time
April
Provenance
Uncertain
Topic
Trees
Living Collections
Range
Central China
Habitat
Mixed temperate forests; 1500-2000 meters
Life Form
Deciduous tree
Bark Characteristics
Cinnamon-brown and exfoliating
Fall Color
Red, yellow, orange, bronze, green
Foliage Characteristics
Opposite, trifoliate leaves 3" to 5" long, with 3-5 large teeth per side. Green on top, greyish white on underside.
Structure
Oval, upright or irregular
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Common Name
Paperbark Maple
Chinese Paperbark Maple
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Rosanae
Order
Sapindales
Family
Sapindaceae
Genus
Acer
Species
griseum
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax7572bce81-c9c0-4e25-8a55-f6b7657a7a11
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2011-0413A
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
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