Paperbark maple

Acer griseum | Also known as: Acer nikoense var. grideum | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

The Paperbark maple is such a fascinating specimen you could write a paperbark book about it.

Acer griseum or Paperbark maple gets its name from the unusual thin chestnut brown papery bark that peels away from the trunk. It has lobed green leaves that are slightly fluffy with a white tint on the undersides. In the autumn they'll give you a good display of colour, turning orange or red. It will grow in most type of soil as long as it is moist but with good drainage. It's a low maintenance tree that will grow to around 10-12 metres in height. It's a hardy tree that's fine with the frost, but you may have issues with aphids, horse chestnut scale or Verticillium wilt.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 10 - 15
Spread [m]
  • 8
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
Foliage in Autumn
  • Orange
Propagation methods
  • grafting
  • seed
  • budding
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
Garden type
  • Woodland
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer