Acer griseum

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Acer griseum - paperbark maple
Image: Payton, Gregory - Dawes Arboretum
Common name: paperbark maple
Family: Aceraceae (maple family)
Synonym: Acer nikoense var. griseum
Distribution: China
IUCN Red list: Endangered
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4
Life form: Deciduous tree
IUCN Red List code: EN B2ab(iv,v); C2a(i); D
Comments: An excellent, small, deciduous specimen tree with its most notable ornamental characteristic being exfoliating cinnamon-brown bark, similar to some birches. Two-year-old stems, rich brown in color, begin signs of peeling. Leaves are made up of 3 bluish green leaflets - in the fall they turn reddish bronze, but this varies from one tree to the next. It is slow-growing, eventually developing a round to oval shape.
Links:Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN Taxonomy)IUCN Redlist of Threatened SpeciesThe Plant List


  • 1: AZA: BB15 (BB15) • Accession: D1999-1931.002 • Provenance: Cultivated of Garden Origin
  • 2: STC: AD09 (AD09) • Accession: D1996-0381.002 • Provenance: Cultivated of Garden Origin
  • 3: VCA: AX12 (AX12) • Accession: D1999-1931.001 • Provenance: Cultivated of Garden Origin
  • 4: ZLG: AO13 (AO13) • Accession: D2017-0531.001 • Provenance: Cultivated of Garden Origin
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