Paper Bark Maple

The paperbark maple, known as Acer griseum, is renowned for its exfoliating bark and vibrant foliage. Native to China, it’s a favoured choice in landscaping and horticulture.

The Appearance

A small deciduous tree with a rounded crown and trifoliate leaves that turn orange and red in autumn. It has peeling, cinnamon-brown bark.


The Produce

Inconspicuous small yellow-green flowers appear in spring, usually before the leaves emerge. The tree produces small, paired samaras (winged seeds) that resemble those of other maples.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous yellow-green flowers in spring.


The Leaves

The leaves are trifoliate, typically consisting of three leaflets. They are medium to dark green in colour during the growing season.


The Bark

The bark is cinnamon-brown and peels in thin layers, revealing a smooth, coppery surface underneath.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The bark and leaves offer food and shelter.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental bark and foliage. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Paper Bark Maple is prized for its striking peeling bark and its vibrant autumn foliage.

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